A Conversation with Prof. Teh-Wei Hu, University of California, Berkeley


  • Xin Xu US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


tobacco control, China


Dr. Teh-wei Hu is a Professor Emeritus of Health Economics and served as Associate Dean and Department Chair in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently he serves as the Director for International Tobacco Control Policy Research and Evaluation at the Public Health Institute. He has been appointed by the U.S. Government as a member of the Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health. Professor Hu’s areas of expertise are the application of econometrics to health care services research. He is the author of more than 200 publications. He contributed chapters in major WHO and World Bank tobacco control publications. During the past 20 years, he has been conducting research in economics of tobacco control in the US, China, Southeast Asia, and Estonia. He is the editor of Tobacco Control Policy Analysis in China: Economics and Health (2008). He co-authored a report on Tobacco Taxation and Its Potential Impact in China (Hu, Mao, Shi, and Chen, 2008) funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Gates Foundation. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and a senior policy advisor to the Ministry of Health, China.