Spousal Effects in Smoking Cessation: Matching, Learning, or Bargaining?

TitleSpousal Effects in Smoking Cessation: Matching, Learning, or Bargaining?
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMcGeary, KAnne
Series TitleNBER Working Paper
Document Number19274
InstitutionNational Bureau of Economic Research
CityCambridge, MA
KeywordsHealth 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.

Endnote Keywords

Smoking/Bargaining/Bargaining theory/Spousal care/Smoking cessation/risk tolerance

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Citation Key5951