Project Description

Poverty, Smoking and Lone Parenthood

Rates of smoking and poverty are both high among lone parents.  Using longitudinal data, we explore the reasons behind this and, in particuar, the determinants of smoking among lone mothers over the period 1991–1996. Consideration is given to the initial conditions problem encountered when modelling dynamic panel probit models.


Dorsett, R. (1999) An econometric analysis of the prevalence of smoking among lone mothers. Journal of Health Economics 18: 429-441.  PDF – gated

Dorsett, R. and Marsh, A. (1998) The health trap: poverty, smoking and lone parenthood.  London: Policy Studies Institute.  PDF- gated


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