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Featured Blog Series: The Tobacconomics Approach to Think Tank Capacity Building
During the month of March, we will be sharing a series of blogs to explain the Tobacconomics project, “Accelerating Progress on Tobacco Taxes in Low‐ and Middle‐Income Countries,” which is funded through the Bloomberg Initiative To Reduce Tobacco Use. This series will explain the “who, what, when, where, why and how” of our team’s approach to capacity building on the economics of tobacco control.
To learn more about the collection, clickhereto read a recent blog post explaining the topics in further detail.
Improving Tobacco Taxation Policies in Southeastern Europe
The Southeastern European (SEE) countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia have ratified the WHO FCTC recognizing taxation as an effective tool for reducing tobacco use. This research was produced by Tobacconomics think tank partners in the region, led by the research team at theInstitute of Economic Sciences. The products present research on seven SEE countries, and show there is a significant potential for accelerating the increase of excise duties to reduce the negative effects of tobacco consumption on public health and the economy. Read the briefs here.
Economics of Tobacco Taxation and Impacts of Tobacco Use in Pakistan
In Pakistan, research results from thePakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) andSocial Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) recommend a simplified tax structure that has only two tiers of taxation, instead of the three tiers currently used in the country. Along with restoring tax levels to 2016 rates, this simplification would result in an estimated 3 million fewer smokers and 1.1 million fewer premature deaths and generate an estimated Rs 91.2 billion in new government revenues. Their research can be foundhere.
Tobacconomics Team Member Spotlight Germán Rodriguez-Iglesias, MSc, PhD(c)
Germán leads our work Latin America. Before joining Tobacconomics, Germán worked as a researcher for the InterAmerican Heart Foundation– Argentina, where his focus was on research to advanced effective tobacco control policies. Germán received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina, and an MSc in economics from the University of the Basque Country. He is currently a PhD candidate enrolled in the doctoral program in economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Based in the Health Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Tobacconomics team conducts economic research to shape global tobacco control policies, and we also partner with economic policy think tanks in low- and middle-income countries to build the local evidence base for more effective tobacco tax systems. UIC is a partner of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.