Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #602

A Decomposition Analysis of Cigarette Consumption Differences between Male Turkish Immigrants and Germans in West Germany 2002-2012

by Rui Dang

RGS, RWI, 01/2016, 20 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-699-4 DOI: 10.4419/86788699



In this article, we investigate the differences in smoking behavior between male Turkish immigrants and male Germans, using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). More specifically, we use a Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition method for count data models, and isolate differences in the number of cigarettes consumed daily between Turkish immigrants and Germans into a component reflecting differences in observed socio-economic characteristics and a component reflecting unobserved smoking behavior. Our results reveal that more than 50% of the differences in cigarette consumption between male Turkish immigrants and male Germans is attributable to observable characteristics.

JEL-Classification: J15, I14, C21

Keywords: Blinder-oaxaca decomposition; count data models; Turkish immigrants; smoking behavior differentials