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August 2013Spousal Effects in Smoking Cessation: Matching, Learning, or Bargaining?
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Previous research studying the correlation in smoking behavior between spouses has discounted the role of bargaining or learning. Using the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), which contains information on smoking cessation and spouse’s preferences, this paper presents an essential investigation of the importance of spousal bargaining or learning on the decision to cease smoking. We find, regardless of gender, when one member of couple ceases smoking this induces the other member to cease smoking through bargaining. Further, we find females demonstrate either altruistic behavior toward a spouse, who has suffered a health shock, or learning from their spouse’s health shock.
November 2011What U.S. Data Should be Used to Measure the Price Elasticity of Demand for Alcohol?
with Christopher J. Ruhm, Alison Snow Jones, William C. Kerr, Thomas K. Greenfield, Joseph V. Terza, Ravi S. Pandian: w17578
This paper examines how estimates of the price elasticity of demand for beer vary with the choice of alcohol price series examined. Our most important finding is that the commonly used ACCRA price data are unlikely to reliably indicate alcohol demand elasticities—estimates obtained from this source vary drastically and unpredictably. As an alternative, researchers often use beer taxes to proxy for alcohol prices. While the estimated beer taxes elasticities are more stable, there are several problems with using taxes, including difficulties in accounting for cross-price effects. We believe that the most useful estimates reported in this paper are obtained using annual Uniform Product Code (UPC) “barcode” scanner data on grocery store alcohol prices. These estimates suggest relatively low de...

Published: Ruhm, Christopher J. & Jones, Alison Snow & McGeary, Kerry Anne & Kerr, William C. & Terza, Joseph V. & Greenfield, Thomas K. & Pandian, Ravi S., 2012. "What U.S. data should be used to measure the price elasticity of demand for alcohol?," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(6), pages 851-862. citation courtesy of

May 2009The Impact of State-Level Nutrition-Education Program Funding on BMI: Evidence from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
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Currently, there is insufficient evidence regarding which policies will improve nutrition, reduce BMI, the probability of obesity and the probability of overweight nationwide. This preliminary study investigates the impact of a nutrition-education policy relative to price policy as a means to improve nutrition and reduce BMI. Model estimations are created with pooled cross-sectional data from the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), American Chamber of Commerce Research Association (ACCRA) state-level food prices and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) funding of state-specific nutrition-education programs from 1992 – 2006. During this period, federal funding for state-specific nutrition-education programs rose from appro...

Published: Social Science & Medicine Volume 82, April 2013, Pages 67–78 Cover image The impact of state-level nutrition-education program funding on BMI: Evidence from the behavioral risk factor surveillance system Kerry Anne McGearya, b, c, Corresponding author contact information, E-mail the corresponding author

March 2002The Impact of Lending, Borrowing, and Anti-Smoking Policies on Cigarette Consumption by Teens
with Brett Katzman, Sara Markowitz: w8844
A major factor contributing to smoking initiation and experimentation by teenagers is the ability to 'bum' cigarettes. Yet research until now has ignored the impact of a lending/borrowing market on the smoking decisions of teenagers. In this paper, we develop a theoretical model where smoking decisions are determined by an individual's utility maximization process that includes an incentive to lend cigarettes. Predictions from this model are tested using data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys that can distinguish between teens who primarily buy and those who primarily bum their cigarettes. We show the ways in which price and restrictions on smoking will impact the decision to buy or bum cigarettes, as well as the impact on the allocation of purchased cigarettes between those self-consum...

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