Proceedings of the New York State Economics Association


Interaction Effect between price and time preference on smoking behavior of pregnant women

Yan Song

vol. 6, October 2013, p. 203-210


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.


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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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