Rebel with(out) a cause? Inter-generational smoking dependence in Chinese households

Research Cluster

Speaker:Ricardo Gonçalves, Católica Porto Business School
Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018
Time: 3.30pm - 5pm
Location: Xfi Henderson Lecture Theatre

Further details

This paper examines inter-generational (parent-child) dependence and intra-personal smoking persistence within Chinese households. A dynamic bivariate probit specification is estimated using data from the Chinese Health and Nutrition Panel Survey (CHNS). Our results (unsurprisingly) show that, for both parents and children, individual past smoking behaviour increases the risk of smoking today; however, past smoking by the parent (child) reduces the likelihood of a child (parent) smoking today - to the best of our knowledge, a novel inter-generational effect in the literature. Importantly, these results have relevant implications in the design and implementation of policies aimed at reducing smoking prevalence.