The empirical relationship between community social capital and the demand for cigarettes
Article first published online: 13 APR 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 15, Issue 11, pages 1159–1172, November 2006
How to Cite
Brown, T. T., Scheffler, R. M., Seo, S. and Reed, M. (2006), The empirical relationship between community social capital and the demand for cigarettes. Health Econ., 15: 1159–1172. doi: 10.1002/hec.1119
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 13 APR 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Received: 4 MAR 2005
- Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. Grant Number: U48/CCU 909706
- social capital;
- cigarette consumption;
- smoking prevalence;
We show that the proportion of community social capital attributable to religious groups is inversely and strongly related to the number of cigarettes that smokers consume. We do not find overall community social capital or the proportion of community social capital attributable to religious groups to be related to the overall prevalence of smoking. Using a new validated measure of community social capital, the Petris Social Capital Index and three years (1998–2000) of US data on 39 369 adults, we estimate a two-part demand model incorporating the following controls: community-level fixed effects, price (including excise taxes), family income, a smuggling indicator, nonsmoking regulations, education, marital status, sex, age, and race/ethnicity. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.