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Professor and Chair of Economics Sudip Chattopadhyay in the News

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10/03/2011

The paper, “Does Spending More on Tobacco Control Programs Make Economic Sense? An Incremental Benefit-Cost Analysis Using Panel Data,” by Professor and Chair of Economics Sudip Chattopadhyay, and his former student, Davie Piper, has been accepted by the journal Contemporary Economic Policy and is currently in press.

Professor Chattopadhyay’s research shows that if states continue to invest in tobacco control programs as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the aggregate cost savings associated with the medical costs, productivity costs, and Medicaid costs of the tobacco control programs could be as high as 15 to 20 times the actual cost of implementing the programs. The findings of the research are expected to persuade the state policy makers against diverting the tobacco-related state revenues away from tobacco control programs.

This journal article will be the first in the history of the Economics department at SF State to have been co-authored with a student.


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