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Think Tanks Project: Accelerating Progress on Tobacco Taxes in Low‑ and Middle‑Income Countries

Accelerating Progress on Tobacco Taxes in Low‑ and Middle‑Income Countries is funded by the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. It aims to build capacity of economic and fiscal policy focused think tanks to provide evidence-based support for effective tobacco taxes. Tobacconomics has already established partnerships with 22 think tanks in 17 countries, working with them to increase their capacity to provide policy support to governments and civil society for tobacco taxation and counter industry arguments against tobacco taxes.

In addition, the project supports strategic engagement with high-level government officials and other stakeholders to raise awareness and strengthen the technical capacity of tobacco tax policy makers. Leveraging the Tobacconomics platform, the project provides an information and resource hub to share knowledge and elevate the profile of tobacco taxation in tobacco control policy.


The primary purpose of our toolkits is to guide researchers interested in carrying out research on the economics of tobacco control, especially in the LMICs. They review select economic tools and techniques that can be used to analyze data wand cover the theoretical background and economic rationale of each of these issues, methods of estimation, and the use of the statistical software to implement these methods.

Policy Briefs:



Think Tank Partners:


BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD)



Tax Centre, University of Indonesia


Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)

Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC)


Development and Policies Research Center (DEPOCEN)

Institute of Public Policy and Management, National Economics University (IPPM)

Regional partnerships

Institute of Economic Sciences, Belgrade (IES)

Red Sudamericana de Economía Aplicada