|Spousal Effects in Smoking Cessation: Matching, Learning, or Bargaining?
|Year of Publication
|NBER Working Paper
|National Bureau of Economic Research
|Health Conditions and Status, Healthcare, Methodology, Other, Risk Taking
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.
Smoking/Bargaining/Bargaining theory/Spousal care/Smoking cessation/risk tolerance