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Even One Is Too Much: The Economic Consequences of Being a Smoker
Even One Is Too Much: The Economic Consequences of Being a Smoker
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By Julie L. Hotchkiss (au); M. Melinda Pitts (au)
Year: 2013
Pages: 32
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-4578-4753-0

Product Code: 1457847531

It is well known that smoking leads to lower wages, but the mechanism of this negative relationship is not well understood. This analysis examines the wage gap between smokers and nonsmokers, with a variety of definitions of smoking status designed to reflect differences in smoking intensity. It finds that nearly two-thirds of the 24% selectivity-corrected smoking/nonsmoking wage differential derives from differences in characteristics between smokers and nonsmokers. These results suggest that it is not differences in productivity that drive the smoking wage gap. Rather, it is differences in the endowments smokers bring to the market along with unmeasured factors, such as baseline employer tolerance. This study also determines that even one cigarette per day is enough to trigger the smoking wage gap and that this gap does not vary by smoking intensity. Tables. This is a print on demand report.

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