Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/70260
Authors: 
Christopoulou, Rebekka
Lillard, Dean R.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 1265
Abstract: 
We exploit migration patterns from the UK to Australia, South Africa, and the US to investigate whether a person's decision to smoke is determined by culture. For each country, we use retrospective data to describe individual smoking trajectories over the life-course. For the UK, we use these trajectories to measure culture by cohort and cohort-age, and more accurately relative to the extant literature. Our proxy predicts smoking participation of second-generation British immigrants but not that of non-British immigrants and natives. Researchers can apply our strategy to estimate culture effects on other outcomes when retrospective or longitudinal data are available.
Subjects: 
Culture
Immigrant health
Smoking
JEL: 
Z10
J15
I10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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