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Charlie Rafkin

MIT Department of Economics
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Institutional Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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April 2020Optimal Regulation of E-cigarettes: Theory and Evidence
with Hunt Allcott: w27000
There is an active debate about how to regulate electronic cigarettes, due to uncertainty about their health effects and whether they are primarily a quit aid or a gateway drug for combustible cigarettes. We model optimal e-cigarette regulation and estimate key parameters. Using tax changes and scanner data, we estimate relatively elastic demand and limited substitution between e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes. In sample surveys, historical smoking trends for high- and low-vaping demographics were unchanged after e-cigarettes were introduced; this demographic shift-share identification also suggests limited substitution. We field a new quantitative survey of public health experts, who report that vaping is more harmful than previously believed. In our model, the optimal e-cigarette ...
March 2020Comparing Intergenerational Educational Mobility for Minorities Around the World
with Sam Asher, Paul Novosad
in Measuring and Understanding the Distribution and Intra/Inter-Generational Mobility of Income and Wealth, Raj Chetty, John N. Friedman, Janet C. Gornick, Barry Johnson, and Arthur Kennickell, editors
 
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