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The effect of unemployment on the smoking behavior of couples

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Authors and Corporations: Everding, Jakob (Author), Marcus, Jan (Author)
Other Authors: Marcus, Jan [Author]
Edition: This version: May 2019
Type of Resource: E-Book
Language: English
Berlin, Germany German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), DIW Berlin [2019]
Series: Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung: SOEP papers on multidisciplinary panel data research ; 1037 (2019)
Source: Verbunddaten SWB
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Summary: Although unemployment likely entails various externalities, research examining its spillover effects on spouses is scarce. This is the first paper to estimate effects of unemployment on the smoking behavior of both spouses. Using German Socio-Economic Panel data, we combine matching and difference-in-differences estimation, employing the post-double-selection method for control-variable selection via Lasso regressions. One spouse's unemployment increases both spouses' smoking probability and intensity. Smoking relapses and decreased smoking cessation drive the effects. Effects are stronger if the partner already smokes and if the male partner becomes unemployed. Of several mechanisms discussed, we identify smoking to cope with stress as relevant.
Physical Description: 1 Online-Ressource (circa 34 Seiten)