Cigarette demand: a meta-analysis of elasticities

Health Econ. 2003 Oct;12(10):821-35. doi: 10.1002/hec.765.


Estimating elasticities of cigarette demand has become commonplace amongst economists and policymakers. Synthesizing the various elasticities into a coherent message is quite challenging, however, as the point estimates are obtained using quite disparate modeling techniques and data. In this study, we perform a meta-analysis to explore factors that influence variations within and across studies. Empirical results suggest that demand specification, data issues, and estimation methodology have varying degrees of influence on reported estimates of price, income, and advertising elasticities.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Advertising / economics
  • Advertising / statistics & numerical data
  • Commerce / economics
  • Commerce / statistics & numerical data
  • Empirical Research
  • Humans
  • Income / statistics & numerical data
  • Models, Econometric*
  • Smoking / economics*
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Tobacco Industry / economics*
  • Tobacco Industry / statistics & numerical data