Putting out the Fires : Will Higher Taxes Reduce Youth Smoking ?

  title={Putting out the Fires : Will Higher Taxes Reduce Youth Smoking ?},
  author={Philip DeCicca and Donald S. Kenkel and Alan Mathios},
This paper re-examines the empirical support for predictions that proposed cigarette tax or price increases will substantially reduce youth smoking. Part of the support for these predictions comes from evidence that higher taxes reduce aggregate tobacco sales and adult smoking rates. But taxes may have much different impacts on youth starting behavior than on adult quitting behavior. We use a panel microdata set, the National Education Longitudinal Survey of 1988 (NELS:88), that spans a period… CONTINUE READING
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