Red Sur-UIC Call for Papers: Accelerating effective tobacco taxes in Latin America

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The South American Network on Applied Economics/Red Sur  and the Health Policy Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) opened a call for papers (CfP) on “Accelerating effective tobacco taxes in Latin America”.
The objective of this CfP is to increase understanding on effective tobacco tax policies.  In Latin America (LA), there have been important tax reforms with the goal of reducing tobacco consumption. However, as tobacco products have become more affordable, these reforms have often fallen short of the intended purposes; and further increases have been blocked by concerns about potential negative economic impacts from tobacco tax increases, which are often fuelled by vested interests. Research commissioned under this call will examine these economic impacts and aim at action-oriented policy proposals based on solid, local evidence.
The objectives of this call for research proposals are the following:
1) To produce evidence-based research on the impacts of increased tobacco tax policies   in Latin America.
2) To disseminate this evidence to policy makers and civil society actors.
This CfP will fund one research study per country in 5 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru) with a contribution of USD 35,000 for each in-country research institution, over a maximum period of 8 months (from March 1st until October 31, 2018). 
For inquiries concerning the content of this CfP please contact Red Sur’s coordination office at 
Submission deadline for proposals is January 22, 2018 at 23.59 hrs. (Montevideo, Uruguay, GMT -3). Proposals with all required documents should be submitted electronically to  with the subject line: Accelerating Effective tobacco taxes in Latin America.
Access the guidelines in Spanish and Portuguese.


List of new studies and research teams:

Accelerating effective tobacco taxes in Latin America. The Argentinian case / Acelerando la fiscalidad efectiva al tabaco en América Latina. El caso argentino
Lead researcher: Ricardo Rozemberg
Research team: Ricardo Rozemberg, Gabriel Bezchinsky and Ariel Melamud
Centro iDeAS, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM), Argentina.


Impact of recent tobacco tax reforms in Argentina / Impacto de las recientes reformas impositivas al Tabaco en Argentina
Researchers: Martín González-Rozada and Julio Berlinski
Instituto Torcuato Di Tella (ITDT) – Red Sur


Health and productivity costs due to tobacco consumption in Mexico / Costos en el sector salud y en la productividad por el consumo de tabaco en México
Lead researcher: Liliana Alvarado
Research team: Liliana Alvarado, Claudia Córdova and Dalia Toledo
Ethos, Laboratorio de Políticas Públicas


Consequences of special tobacco taxes in Mexico: inequality, consumption and poverty / Efectos de impuestos especiales al tabaco en México: desigualdad, consumo y pobreza
Lead researcher: Luis Huesca Reynoso
Research team: Luis Huesca Reynoso, Cuauhtémoc Calderón Villareal, Linda Irene Llamas Rembao, Guy Lacoix and Abdelkrim Araar
Centro de Investigación en Alimentación and Desarrollo (CIAD)


Evidence and economic analysis for sustainable policies: a tax strategy in Peru /  Evidencia y análisis económico para políticas sustentables: una estrategia de impuestos en Perú
Lead researcher: Carlos De los Ríos
Research team: Carlos De los Ríos, Hugo Córdova and Marco Ugarte
Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP)


The teams will work under the Technical Regional Coordination of Fernando Lorenzo (President, Red Sur, CINVE) and Oscar Cetrángolo (IIEP-UBA-CONICET, Red Sur), with the collaboration of Carlos Grau (CINVE, Red Sur) and Pedro Velasco (UNLP, IIEP-UBA-CONICET, Red Sur).


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