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Title:Health selection and the effect of smoking on mortality PDF Logo
Authors:Adda, Jérôme
Lechene, Valerie
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6206
Abstract:We show that individuals who are in poorer health, independently from smoking, are more likely to start smoking and to smoke more cigarettes than those with better non-smoking health. We present evidence of selection, relying on extensive data on morbidity and mortality. We show that health based selection into smoking has increased over the last fifty years with knowledge of its health effects. We show that the effect of smoking on mortality is higher for high educated individuals and for individuals in good non-smoking health.
Subjects:life expectancy
tobacco
confounding
JEL:I12
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201201107556
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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