DP5848 Gender Differences in Smoking Behaviour

Author(s): Thomas Bauer, Silja Göhlmann, Mathias Sinning
Publication Date: September 2006
Keyword(s): Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition, count data models, gender differences, smoking, SOEP
JEL(s): C25, I12
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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This paper investigates gender differences in smoking behaviour using data from the German Socio-economic Panel (SOEP). We develop a Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition method for count data models which allows to isolate the part of the gender differential in the number of cigarettes daily smoked that can be explained by differences in observable characteristics from the part attributable to differences in coefficients. Our results reveal that the major part of the gender smoking differential is attributable to differences in coefficients indicating substantial differences in the smoking behaviour between men and women rather than differences in characteristics.