Microeconometrics & Public Policy seminar series | Does Smoking Affect Wages? by Mirjam Stockburger
Invites you to a
Microeconometrics & Public Policy seminar presented by
(Justus Liebig University Giessen)
Does Smoking Affect Wages?
Friday, 3 March
12.00pm – 1.00pm
Abstract: Previous studies have not reached a consensus on whether there exists a causal relationship between smoking and wages. This study aims to fill this gap by providing new empirical evidence from a rich survey panel of German individuals. On average, smokers earn 15% less. This raw gap shrinks to 9.5 – 1.5% after controlling for a large set of observable characteristics, comparing siblings, or using past smoking behavior. To further deal with unobserved time-varying factors and all potential sources of endogeneity, we propose a novel instrument, which provides exogenous variation in smoking behavior: Smoking bans at schools, introduced by the federal states at different years. While OLS estimates appear to be negatively biased, instrumental variable estimates indicate no causal overall effect of smoking on wages. However, significant effects in different directions appear for men (positive) and women (negative), which might be explained by networking and discrimination.
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