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Weekly Report 19 / 2010

Nutritional Information: Traffic Light Labelling Is the Best Way to Reach Consumers

More than half of German adults are overweight. Those most often affected include the elderly, poor, and individuals with poor education. Yet is overweight an issue that economists should address? Poor nutrition and lack of exercise play a major role in widespread diseases. One third of total health care expenditures are devoted to illnesses related to overweight. This is just one of the reasons why ...

2010| Kornelia Hagen
Weekly Report 20 / 2010

Nutritional Labeling Today: What Consumers Want - and What They Understand

Findings from consumer surveys and studies about nutritional labeling tend to be hard to compare, because the methodologies they use and questions they address are quite varied. Nevertheless, by evaluating these studies, we can obtain a good overview of existing nutritional labeling systems and consumer preferences. The present background article offers an overview of the studies frequently cited in ...

2010| Kornelia Hagen
SOEPpapers 289 / 2010

One Last Puff? Public Smoking Bans and Smoking Behavior

This paper investigates the short-term effects of public smoking bans on individual smoking behavior. In 2007 and 2008, state-level smoking bans were gradually introduced in all of Germany's sixteen federal states. We exploit this variation in the timing of state bans to identify the effect that smoke-free policies had on individuals' smoking propensity and smoking intensity. Using rich longitudinal ...

2010| Silke Anger, Michael Kvasnicka, Thomas Siedler
Diskussionspapiere 1066 / 2010

Forecasting Private Consumption by Consumer Surveys

Survey-based indicators such as the consumer confidence are widely seen as leading indicators for economic activity, especially for the future path of private consumption. Although they receive high attention in the media, their forecasting power appears to be very limited. Therefore, this paper takes a fresh look on the survey data, which serve as a basis for the consumer confidence indicator (CCI) ...

2010| Christian Dreger, Konstantin A. Kholodilin
Monographien

One Last Puff? Public Smoking Bans and Smoking Behavior

Bonn: IZA, 2010, 35 S.
(Discussion Paper Series / Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit ; 4873)
| Silke Anger, Michael Kvasnicka, Thomas Siedler
Monographien

One Last Puff? Public Smoking Bans and Smoking Behavior

Essen: RWI, 2010, 37 S.
(Ruhr Economic Papers ; 180)
| Silke Anger, Michael Kvasnicka, Thomas Siedler
Diskussionspapiere 992 / 2010

One Last Puff? Public Smoking Bans and Smoking Behavior

This paper investigates the short-term effects of public smoking bans on individual smoking behavior. In 2007 and 2008, state-level smoking bans were gradually introduced in all of Germany's sixteen federal states. We exploit this variation in the timing of state bans to identify the effect that smoke-free policies had on individuals' smoking propensity and smoking intensity. Using rich longitudinal ...

2010| Silke Anger, Michael Kvasnicka, Thomas Siedler
SOEPpapers 295 / 2010

Multidimensional Measurement of Richness: Theory and an Application to Germany

Closely following recent innovations in the literature on the multidimensional measurement of poverty, this paper provides similar measures for the top of the distribution using a dual cutoff method to identify individuals, who can be considered as rich in a multidimensional setting. We use this framework to analyze the role of wealth, health and education, in addition to income, as dimensions of multidimensional ...

2010| Andreas Peichl, Nico Pestel
Diskussionspapiere 997 / 2010

Do Google Searches Help in Nowcasting Private Consumption? A Real-Time Evidence for the US

In this paper, we investigate whether the Google search activity can help in nowcasting the year-on-year growth rates of monthly US private consumption using a real-time data set. The Google-based forecasts are compared to those based on a benchmark AR(1) model and the models including the consumer surveys and financial indicators. According to the Diebold-Mariano test of equal predictive ability, ...

2010| Konstantin A. Kholodilin, Maximilian Podstawski, Boriss Siliverstovs
FINESS Working Papers 4.5 / 2010

Unemployment and Portfolio Choice: Does Persistence Matter?

We use a life-cycle model of consumption and portfolio choice to study the effects of social security on the investment decisions of households for the European case. Our model is mainly based on the one developed by Cocco, Gomes, and Maenhout (2005). We extend it by unemployment risk using Markov chains to model the transition between different employment states. In contrast to most models in the ...

2010| Vladimir Kuzin, Franziska Bremus
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