Webinar: Investing in Prevention: Standards and Innovation in Economic Evaluation


Advocates of prevention have long touted its value, but researchers’ success in quantifying the economic benefits of preventive interventions have often been limited by fragmented methods and practice. 

A number of efforts by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Academies, federal agencies, and foundations over the last decade have led to improvements in these methods. 

The Economic Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Conditions: Results for Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Peru

Bloom DE, Chen S, McGovern ME. The economic burden of noncommunicable diseases and mental health conditions: results for Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Peru. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2018;42:e18.
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Objective: We extend the EPIC model of the World Health Organization (WHO) and apply it to analyze the macroeconomic impact of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health conditions in Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Peru.

Generating Revenue by Raising Tobacco Taxes in Latin America and the Caribbean

Goodchild M, Sandoval RC, Belausteguigoitia I. Generating revenue by raising tobacco taxes in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2017;41:e151. doi: 10.26633/RPSP.2017.151
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Objective: The objective of this study was to determine if raising tobacco taxes in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region will generate extra tax revenue, even at outer edges of the sensitivity analysis, with relatively high price elasticities of demand for cigarettes.

Splitting the Bill: Alcohol's Impact on the UK Economy

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Institute of Alcohol Su
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Economic questions are central to the formation of alcohol policies, such as the setting of alcohol taxes, licensing requirements and marketing regulations. In particular, arguments around income, employment and trade are regularly used by the alcohol industry to resist measures to discourage consumption and harm. Such arguments are premised on the assumption that a successful alcohol industry is beneficial to the UK economy.

Revealed: The Global Cost of Smoking

Smoking and its related harms cost the world more than $1 trillion and claim the lives of around 6 million people each year, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Cancer Institute. $1 trillion exceeds the global tax revenue accumulated from tobacco sales. This figure is estimated to be around $270 billion and, of that sum, less than $1 billion is invested in tobacco control. Experts suggest that