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Title:The effect of education on smoking behavior: new evidence from smoking durations of a sample of twins PDF Logo
Authors:Koning, Pierre
Webbink, Dinand
Martin, Nicholas G.
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4796
Abstract:This paper analyses the effect of education on starting and quitting smoking, using longitudinal data of Australian twins. The endogeneity of education, censoring of smoking durations and the timing of starting smoking versus that of completion of education are taken into account by the flexible Mixed Proportional Hazard specification. Unobserved effects are assumed to be twin specific and possibly correlated with completed education years. We find that one additional year of education reduces the duration of smoking with 9 months but has no effect on the decision to start smoking.
Subjects:Smoking
duration models
education
JEL:C41
I21
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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