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Is cigarette smoking in poorer nations highly sensitive to price? Evidence from Russia and China

Citation

Lance, Peter M.; Akin, John S.; Dow, William H.; & Loh, Chung-Ping (2004). Is cigarette smoking in poorer nations highly sensitive to price? Evidence from Russia and China. Journal of Health Economics, 23(1), 173-189.

Abstract

We examine cigarette demand in China and Russia using longitudinal micro-level household and community surveys. Previous developing-country price elasticity estimates of around −0.75 have been larger than United States estimates of about −0.4, but the former have relied primarily on aggregate data. In contrast, our micro-level price elasticity estimates in China and Russia range from 0 to −0.15. Thus, raising prices in poorer countries may not reduce smoking to the degree previously suggested.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2003.09.004

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2004

Journal Title

Journal of Health Economics

Author(s)

Lance, Peter M.
Akin, John S.
Dow, William H.
Loh, Chung-Ping