"This book is a seminal piece of work on what might be called the 'economics of addiction' - economic analysis of the consumption of addictive goods, such as cigarettes and gambling. Wan uses a variety of unique data sets and creative methodologies, such as natural experiments, to analyze various aspects of addictive behavior from both theoretical and empirical perspectives and obtains numerous interesting and original findings. I recommend this book highly to researchers, students, and policymakers alike." - Charles Yuji Horioka, Research Professor, Asian Growth Research Institute, Kitakyushu, Japan; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, USA "A superb empirical attempt to analyze consumers' addictions to smoking and gambling with a 'natural experiment' approach. The book contains rich and important implications for public policy, such as cigarette tax, disclosure of cigarette contents, and gambling regulations." - Kazuo Ogawa, Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University, JapanVom Verlag:
In our increasingly globalized world of shared cultures, we have seen the spread of addictive behaviors such as smoking and various forms of gambling. As these behaviors and subsequent habits continue to spread across borders, it is paramount for policy makers to consider the economics of habit, information and uncertainty in their practices.
Wan takes a two prong approach to analyzing this pressure in Japan in his new volume Consumer Casualties. He first clarifies the consumer preference for habit to identify useful approaches toward solving a number of economic issues, such as gambling and other addictive practices. He then tests his theories with data on smoking, lottery gambling and pachinko gambling, to determine their causalities and distill proposals for policy makers.
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