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Title: Love conquers all but nicotine; spousal peer effects on the decision to quit smoking

Author(s): Ali Palali and Jan C. van Ours

Publication Date: October 2015

Keyword(s): Causal peer effects and Smoking cessation

Programme Area(s): Public Economics

Abstract: If two partners smoke, their quit behavior may be related through correlation in unobserved individual characteristics and common external shocks. However, there may also be a causal effect whereby the quit behavior of one partner is affected by the quit decision of the other partner. We use data on Dutch partnered individuals to study the relevance of such spousal peer effects. After controlling for common unobserved heterogeneity and common external shocks, we find that such spousal peer effects in the decision to quit smoking do not exist. Apparently, love conquers all but nicotine addiction.

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Palali, A and van Ours, J. 2015. 'Love conquers all but nicotine; spousal peer effects on the decision to quit smoking'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research. https://cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=10860