Teh-wei Hu, PhD
Teh-wei Hu, PhD, is director of PHI's Center for International Tobacco Control. Hu's areas of expertise are the application of econometrics to health care services research, mental health economics and the economics of tobacco control.
Hu is the author of more than 200 publications. His work on tobacco control economics has appeared in the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, the American Journal of Public Health, Tobacco Control, the Journal of Public Finance, the National Tax Journal and other publications. He is the editor of the book "Tobacco Control Policy Analysis in China: Economics and Health."
Hu is also professor emeritus of health economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked on the staff of the World Bank and been a professor of economics at Pennsylvania State University and a Fulbright visiting professor at Nankai University in China. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the governments of Hong Kong and Taiwan and as a senior policy advisor to the Chinese Ministry of Health.
Hu received the Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association for his contribution to mental health services research. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Tobacco Control Policy Analysis & Evaluation in China and Tanzania
The Public Health Institute will continue research into the effects of tobacco tax policy and smoke-free places regulation, and the impacts of smoking on government rural health care expenditures in China. In Tanzania, PHI will develop tobacco control research into the economic cost of smoking; the impact tobacco tax would have on consumption and into the economic return of tobacco farming. This project will also build local tobacco research capacity, and convene policy working groups and conferences in both countries.
Tobacco Control Policy Analysis & Intervention Evaluation in China and Indonesia
To advance tobacco control in China and Indonesia, the Public Health Institute will lead a consortium of institutions in developing and strengthening tobacco control research in both countries. Specific activities include training additional tobacco control researchers and engaging key Chinese and Indonesian policymakers through working groups and conferences.