In this paper, I explore the smoking behavior of pregnant women in NLSY79 (National Longitudinal Surveys 79). A key aspect of this research is the availability of smoking participation before and during pregnancy. Thus, I consider the probabilities of quitting while pregnant and re-starting after giving birth as outcomes. Individuals who are more present-oriented are more likely to smoke and to consume larger amounts of cigarettes given that they do smoke than those who are more future-oriented. Moreover, those who discount the future more heavily will be more sensitive to the money price of cigarettes than those who are more future- oriented. The reason is that a one percent change in the money price of cigarettes represents a larger percentage change in the full price for the former group. I focus on the role of time preference and the interaction between time preference and price in determining these outcomes.
Yan Song. "Interaction Effect between price and time preference on smoking behavior of pregnant women." Proceedings of the New York State Economics Association. vol. 6, October 2013, p. 203-210
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