Smoking habits in Mexico: Upward and downward comparisons of economic status

Esposito, Lucio, Dhongde, Shatakshee and Millett, Christopher Joseph (2021) Smoking habits in Mexico: Upward and downward comparisons of economic status. Review of Development Economics. ISSN 1363-6669

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While experimental and behavioral economics have extensively studied the role of both upward and downward comparisons of economic status, the latter have been largely neglected in secondary data studies. The scarce existing evidence shows mixed results and is essentially limited to analyses of subjective well-being in high-income countries. Using nationally representative data from Mexico with almost 45,000 personal records, we disentangle the role of absolute wealth, relative deprivation, and relative affluence as explanatory variables for smoking behavior. We find robust evidence of greater smoking at higher levels of absolute achievement and relative deprivation and lower smoking at higher levels of relative affluence. Results hold for a variety of indicators of smoking habits, reflecting both smoking prevalence and intensity. Compared to men, we find that women tend to have stronger associations between the three facets of economic status and smoking prevalence. Results are robust to the use of alternative functional forms and reference groups for the measurement of relative deprivation and relative affluence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mexico,gender,relative affluence,relative deprivation,smoking,wealth,geography, planning and development,development ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2021 01:02
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2021 00:08
DOI: 10.1111/rode.12774

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