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Rajeev Cherukupalli, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

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624 N. Broadway
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

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PhD, Columbia University, 2010
MA, Delhi School of Economics, 2001


Rajeev Cherukupalli is an economist with research and practice interests in public finance, health, development, labor markets and policy evaluation.

He has published on fiscal policy, behavioral economics, tobacco control and obesity and researched the domestic health insurance market. Cherukupalli has advised ministries of finance and health in designing and implementing better fiscal policies and has supported technical and advocacy efforts on tax policy.

Cherukupalli edited a series of white papers on tobacco taxation in low- and middle-income countries for the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use and led economic analysis on the World Health Organization (Geneva) team responsible for the 2017 Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic. He serves as a technical reviewer for the Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health (2017-present) and the Cardiovascular Health initiative of Resolve to Save Lives (2019-present).

Honors and Awards

Global Health Day Excellence in Advising Award, Center for Global Health (2019)

Reviewer of the Year, Tobacco Control (2015)

  • economics
  • public finance
  • international development
  • health taxes
  • tobacco taxation
  • adverse selection in health insurance

Selected publications

  • Cherukupalli, R. (2010). A Behavioral Economics Perspective on Tobacco Taxation. American Journal of Public Health, 100, 609-615.
  • R Cherukupalli (2015). Korea's 2015 cigarette tax increases. Tobacco control, tobaccocontrol-2014-052104
  • Sweis, N. J., & Cherukupalli, R. (2015). Cigarette demand is responsive to higher prices: findings from a survey of University students in Jordan. Tobacco control, tobaccocontrol-2015.
  • Brown, Jennifer & Welding, Kevin & Cohen, Joanna & Cherukupalli, Rajeev & Washington, Carmen & Ferguson, Jacqueline & Smith, Katherine. (2017). An analysis of purchase price of legal and illicit cigarettes in urban retail environments in 14 low- and middle-income countries. Addiction (Abingdon, England). 112. 10.1111/add.13881.