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Tobacconomics (December 2019)

Season's Greetings

It's been a great year for Tobacconomics! Producing and disseminating research across the globe and building new partnerships, 2019 was a full year. We'd like to say THANK YOU to our partners and research collaborators for helping make it all possible. Check out some of our work below!

Featured Research

Think Tank Partner Research:

This Policy Brief by Social Policy and Development Centre finds considerable under-reporting of cigarette production in Pakistan.
This Regional Report by Tobacconomics think tank partners in Southeastern Europe (SEE) examines the impacts of tobacco tax increases, and finds that in each country, increasing cigarette prices results in reduced cigarette consumption and increased government revenue.
Country-specific Policy Briefs based on the report are available for Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Montenegro.

Tobacconomics Research:

This White Paper and Policy Brief analyzes the globalization of the tobacco leaf market and finds that domestic tobacco control policies do not harm farmers.

This White Paper and Policy Brief examines tobacco tax increases and illicit trade dynamics and concludes that illicit trade should not hinder tax increases.

This Article examines smoker “present” and “projection” biases and finds that these biases lead to private welfare losses of up to $400 per week.

This Policy Note examines the increasing affordability of cigarettes in Vietnam and recommends price increases to ensure that cigarettes become less affordable.

Dissemination Events

Our partners from Pakistan and Southeastern Europe disseminated their research earlier in December. Here are a few highlights:

Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) DIssemination Event, 6 December 2019
Karachi, Pakistan
Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) Dissemination Events, 6 December 2019
Karachi, Pakistan
Institute of Economic Sciences (SEE) DIssemination Event, 13 December 2019
Skopje, North Macedonia
Institute of Economic Sciences (SEE) DIssemination Event, 13 December 2019
Skopje, North Macedonia

Tobacconomics Team Member Spotlight

Sharon Feldman, MPH

Sharon has worked in research related to NCD issues for over 25 years, and as a senior member of the Tobacconomics team, she provides administrative and operational oversight of the Bloomberg Grant. Many of you know her from the technical guidance she provides to develop budgets, or the help she gives to make sure invoices are paid. Sharon's favorite aspect of the job is meeting and working with people from around the world and the satisfaction of knowing she works on research that makes a difference in people's lives. This Fall, Sharon received the UIC Award of Merit for dedication, leadership, and excellence and she was also selected for the Academic Professional Leadership Program at the University of Illinois.