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Smoking bans, cigarette prices and life satisfaction

Odermatt, Reto and Stutzer, Alois. (2015) Smoking bans, cigarette prices and life satisfaction. Journal of Health Economics, 44. pp. 176-194.

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Abstract

The consequences of tobacco control policies for individual welfare are difficult to assess, even more so when related consumption choices challenge people's willpower. We therefore evaluate the impact of smoking bans and cigarette prices on subjective well-being by analyzing data for 40 European countries and regions between 1990 and 2011. We exploit the staggered introduction of bans and apply an imputation strategy to study the effect of anti-smoking policies on people with different propensities to smoke. We find that higher cigarette prices reduce the life satisfaction of likely smokers. Overall, smoking bans are barely related to subjective well-being, but increase the life satisfaction of smokers who would like to quit smoking. The latter finding is consistent with cue-triggered models of addiction and the idea of bans as self-control devices.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Politische ├ľkonomie (Stutzer)
UniBasel Contributors:Odermatt, Reto and Stutzer, Alois
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0167-6296
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:11 Oct 2017 08:44
Deposited On:19 Apr 2016 10:18

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