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Smoking bans, cigarette prices and life satisfaction

Odermatt, Reto and Stutzer, Alois. (2013) Smoking bans, cigarette prices and life satisfaction. WWZ Discussion Papers, 2013 (07). Basel.

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Abstract

The consequences of tobacco control policies for individual welfare are difficult to assess. We therefore evaluate the impact of smoking bans and cigarette prices on subjective wellbeing 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 not related to subjective well-being, but increase the life satisfaction of smokers who recently failed 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)
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UniBasel Contributors:Stutzer, Alois and Odermatt, Reto
Item Type:Working Paper
Publisher:WWZ
Number of Pages:49
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
Language:English
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  • handle: RePEc:bsl:wpaper:2013/07
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