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Better Fiscal Policy for Health

Most deaths in low- and middle-income countries are caused by non-communicable diseases such as cancers, diabetes, heart disease and injuries. Many of these deaths could be avoided by reducing smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and high-sugar diets. Uniquely placed at the intersection of the health policy, research, and finance communities, CGD aims to advance understanding of this problem, the industries that promote these products, and the cost-effectiveness of public policies. Our experts are also involved in high level international efforts to promote effective pro-health fiscal policies such as excise taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and sugary beverages.


Sugar, Rum, and Tobacco: Domestic Resource Mobilization for Low-Income Countries through Excise Taxes –Policy Paper, William D. Savedoff and Ruth Lopert

Domestic Resource Mobilization for Low-Income Countries through Health Taxes–Workshop summary, May 16, 2019.

The New Syntax of “Sin” Taxes: Framing Health Taxes to Strengthen Public Finances and Advance Population Health–Blog, Ruth Lopert

Revenue Estimates from Taxing “Bads” in 16 Low- and Middle-Income Countries–White Paper, WDI

Estimating Revenue from Increased Taxes on ‘Bads’–Blog, WDI

The Best Health Policy in the World–Policy paper, William D. Savedoff and Albert Alwang

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