Gender differences in smoking behavior

Thomas Bauer*, Silja Göhlmann, Mathias Sinning

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Abstract

This paper investigates gender differences in smoking behavior using data from the German Socio-economic Panel (SOEP). We develop a Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition method for count data models, which allows to isolate the part of the gender differential in the number of cigarettes daily smoked that can be explained by differences in observable characteristics from the part attributable to differences in coefficients. Our results reveal that the major part of the gender smoking differential is attributable to differences in coefficients indicating substantial differences in the smoking behavior between men and women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-909
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Economics (United Kingdom)
Volume16
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007
Externally publishedYes

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