Research Collaboration

Researching Economic Policies Addressing Tobacco-Related Morbidity

Seated (left to right) are Professor Tom Fomby, Mario Rodríguez Nuncio, Silva Nuñez Gómez, Professor Jorge Ibarra Salazar, Iván Vázquez Ramírez, Manuel Ramírez García, Alejandra Martínez Ibarra. Standing (left to right) are Catalina Santos González and Maricarmen Luján Hernández. (Not pictured are Alejandro Parra Cárdenas and César González Caloca).

Research Collaboration Between Tec De Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico) and the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies


By Thomas B. Fomby - 6/30/2014

This year the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies and Tec de Monterrey are collaborating on two research projects concerning tobacco smoking policies in Mexico. The research is being conducted by ten Monterrey Tech students under the direction of Professor Jorge Ibarra Salazar, Visiting Associate Professor at SMU and Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Tec de Monterrey, Professor Raymundo Rodríguez from Monterrey Tech, and Professor Thomas B. Fomby, Director of the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies. The two research topics under investigation are “Advertising Regulation in the Mexican Tobacco Industry and its Impact on Tobacco-related Morbidity” and “The Effect of Packing Regulation Over Tobacco-related Morbidity in Mexico.”

The research is being sponsored in the form of scholarships for Monterrey Tech students by the Mexican company Cerveceria Cuauhtémoc – Moctezuma, and supported by the Mexican health regulatory agency Comisión Nacional para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios (COFEPRIS). In addition, the SMU Economics Department is sponsoring students with partial scholarships. The participating Monterrey Tech students are pictured below during one of their research presentations to Professors Ibarra and Fomby. At the end of their studies this summer the students will present their findings to their sponsors. In addition, the students are taking 4 courses in the Applied MA program in the Economics department this summer. After finishing their coursework in August, they will receive a 12-hour Master’s certificate in Applied Economics awarded by SMU. Hopefully, some (if not all) of these students will later return to SMU to complete their Masters degrees in our department.