Title: Social capital and smoking behavior
Authors: ROCCO LorenzoD'HOMBRES Beatrice
Citation: EASTERN ECONOMIC JOURNAL vol. 40 no. 2 p. 202-225
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC84972
ISSN: 0094-5056
URI: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/eej/journal/v40/n2/full/eej20144a.html
DOI: 10.1057/eej.2014.4
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In this paper, we explore one mechanism that may underlie the negative relationship between social capital and smoking: whether social capital strengthens the effect of anti-smoking regulations. We use data on smoking behaviors collected immediately before and after the implementation of smoking bans in public places in Germany in order to determine whether the impact of these bans on smoking prevalence and intensity is greater among individuals richer in social capital. We find that smoking bans reduce both smoking prevalence and intensity mainly among men and that individual social capital strengthens the effect of the bans.
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