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There is No Place Like Home... and Dorothy's Ruby Slippers | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

Having spent my childhood in Kansas, I’m all about Dorothy’s ruby slippers. There is in fact no place like home, and I’m proud to call APPAM my professional home for the past three plus decades. This will be APPAM’s 40th research conference—our ruby anniversary. Never has rigorous policy evidence been more important. We must continue to attract and support young professionals to grow and improve our field.


Reservation Prices: An Economic Analysis of Cigarette Purchases on Indian Reservations

April 29, 2014 09:00 AM

Philip DeCicca, McMaster University; Donald Kenkel, Cornell University; and Feng Liu, Shanghai University presented their paper Reservation Prices: An Economic Analysis of Cigarette Purchases on Indian Reservations at the 2013 Fall Research Conference during the session New Evidence of the Policy Impacts on Health Behaviors. It is  this week's featured paper from APPAM's Online Paper Collection.
The special legal status of Indian tribes in the U.S. means that state excise taxes are not necessarily collected on cigarette purchases on Indian reservations. We focus on two understudied but basic empirical economic questions this raises. Using novel data from national and New York surveys that asked directly about cigarette prices and purchases from reservations, we ask two questions: What is the economic incidence of the tax break, and has the tax break increased consumer demand for low-quality cigarettes relative to high-quality cigarettes?

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