Impact of Prices and Taxes on Tobacco Product Use in Argentina,Bolivia,and Chile

Across South America, tobacco use remains high among children and adults. New research will explore the benefits and limitations of tobacco pricing and tax strategies on reducing tobacco use in Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile.

Although there is overwhelming evidence that increasing tobacco prices reduces tobacco use, a recent international review points to several problems. One is that there is little data to show that price affects demand for tobacco products more in low-income countries. There is also limited research to determine whether lower-income populations are more responsive to tax and price increases than higher-income populations in low- and middle-income countries.

Researchers will review individual and household-level data from the three countries, all classified low- and middle-income. They will apply rigorous statistical methods to examine how tobacco prices influence tobacco use, linking national survey data from existing data sets to price data from national statistical agencies and market research organizations.

The research team will use self-reported prices and unit values in its analysis, such as the ratio of household expenditure on a particular tobacco or alcohol product to the quantity consumed. They will work with researchers and decision-makers in Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile to design a strategy for sharing and transferring knowledge.

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Start Date

Friday, March 23, 2012

End Date

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


24 months

IDRC Officer

Hallen, Greg

Total funding

CA$ 217,200


Argentina, South America, Bolivia, Chile, North and Central America, West Indies


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Guillermo Paraje


Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

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