Project "Accelerating Progress on Effective Tobacco Tax Policies in Low- and Middle- Income Countries"
In the next five years, Analytica together with Development Solutions Associates (Albania), Banja Luka University (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Faculty of Economics-Split (Croatia), Center for Political Courage (Kosovo), Institute for Socio-Economic Analyzes (Montenegro) and the coordinator Institute for Economic Sciences (Serbia), will work on a project funded by Bloomberg (USA) and implemented through the Chicago Illinois University (UIC).
The theme of the project is "Accelerating Progress of effective tobacco tax policies in low- and middle-income countries."
Institute of Economic Sciences is coordinating regional network of research in Western Balkan Countries on tobacco taxation. Research and dissemination activities aim to produce high-quality and accessible research and policy outputs for both government policymakers and civil society. Research is focusing on gaps in research on economic and fiscal aspects of national tobacco taxation policy critical to informing effective tax policy. Research topics include costs and benefits of tobacco to government budgets, labor impacts, illicit trade, tax compliance of the tobacco industry, including tax evasion and avoidance, and tobacco tax impacts on inequality.
Activities within the project:
- Capacity building of think tanks in selected countries / regions in order to provide support to governments and civil society on the basis of an evidence-based policy aimed at effective tobacco taxation policies.
- Support through the organization of workshops for senior representatives of decision makers in order to raise awareness and build technical capacities for tobacco taxation policies.
- Developing and disseminating resources (policy papers) for taxation of tobacco in order to build and share knowledge and raise the taxation profile of tobacco in tobacco control policy (by expanding the tobacco control platform, providing information and resource center).
Our researchers Tamara M. Spasova and Bojana M. Hristowska together with the team from other countries will work on the implementation of the project activities in the upcoming period.
Project website: http://tobaccotaxation.org/
Project manager: Tamara Mijovic spasova
Researcher: Bojana Mijovic Hristovska