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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Are you puffing your Children's future away? Energy poverty and childhood exposure to passive smoking
Authors: Prakash, Kushneel 
Churchill, Sefa Awaworyi
Smyth, Russell
Publication Date: Sep-2022
Pages: 105937
Keywords: Energy poverty
Fuel poverty
Early life shocks
Abstract: We examine whether having a parent who smoked during one's childhood or adolescence increases the probability of being in energy poverty in adulthood. We find that people who had a parent who smoked when they were young are 0.8–1.4 percentage points more likely to be in energy poverty later in life. Various checks suggest that this relationship can be regarded as being plausibly causal. We identify health, human capital, labour market outcomes and non-cognitive traits as channels through which early life exposure to passive smoking increases the likelihood of being in energy poverty. Our results have important implications for early life interventions to address the deficits caused by exposure to passive smoking.
DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2022.105937
Research collection: Journal Articles
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