Is cigarette smoking in poorer nations highly sensitive to price?: Evidence from Russia and China, by Peter M Lancea, John S Akina, William H Dowb, Chung-Ping Loha. Journal of Health Economics. Volume 23, Issue 1, January 2004, Pages 173–189
We examine cigarette demand in China and Russia using longitudinal micro-level household and community surveys. Previous developing-country price elasticity estimates of around −0.75 have been larger than United States estimates of about −0.4, but the former have relied primarily on aggregate data. In contrast, our micro-level price elasticity estimates in China and Russia range from 0 to −0.15. Thus, raising prices in poorer countries may not reduce smoking to the degree previously suggested.