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The effect of unemployment on the smoking behavior of couples.
Health Econ 2020; 29(2):154-170HE

Abstract

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.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Hamburg Center for Health Economics, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany.Hamburg Center for Health Economics, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. Education and Family Department, DIW Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31820539

Citation

Everding, Jakob, and Jan Marcus. "The Effect of Unemployment On the Smoking Behavior of Couples." Health Economics, vol. 29, no. 2, 2020, pp. 154-170.
Everding J, Marcus J. The effect of unemployment on the smoking behavior of couples. Health Econ. 2020;29(2):154-170.
Everding, J., & Marcus, J. (2020). The effect of unemployment on the smoking behavior of couples. Health Economics, 29(2), pp. 154-170. doi:10.1002/hec.3961.
Everding J, Marcus J. The Effect of Unemployment On the Smoking Behavior of Couples. Health Econ. 2020;29(2):154-170. PubMed PMID: 31820539.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The effect of unemployment on the smoking behavior of couples. AU - Everding,Jakob, AU - Marcus,Jan, Y1 - 2019/12/10/ PY - 2019/04/15/received PY - 2019/07/11/revised PY - 2019/09/13/accepted PY - 2019/12/11/pubmed PY - 2019/12/11/medline PY - 2019/12/11/entrez KW - job loss KW - post-double-selection method KW - risky health behaviors KW - smoking KW - spillover effects KW - unemployment SP - 154 EP - 170 JF - Health economics JO - Health Econ VL - 29 IS - 2 N2 - 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. SN - 1099-1050 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31820539/The_effect_of_unemployment_on_the_smoking_behavior_of_couples L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.3961 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -