The demand for vices in Malaysia: An ethnic comparison using household expenditure data

A. K G Tan, Steven T. Yen, Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr

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A trivariate Tobit system is estimated to investigate the demand for vices (tobacco, alcohol, and gambling) in Malaysia. Estimation results, segmented by ethnicity, suggest that years of formal education, occupation type, and household head's age negatively affect both the likelihood to spend and the overall amounts spent on tobacco by all Malaysians. Additionally, while higher income Malay households are more likely to spend and have higher tobacco expenditures, affluent Chinese and households of other races are more likely to spend and to spend more on smoking, drinking and gambling. Male-headed households of all races are more likely to spend and also spend more on smoking, drinking and gambling than female-led households.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-382
Number of pages16
JournalAtlantic Economic Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug 31
Externally publishedYes



  • Demand for vices
  • Malaysia
  • Trivariate Tobit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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