Nigar Nargis


Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator, Waves 1-3 Survey), ITC Bangladesh
Economic and Health Policy Research, American Cancer Society, USA

Nigar Nargis received her B.S.S. and M.S.S. degrees in Economics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She began her research career as a Research Associate at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies. She completed her Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University, USA. With a post‐doctoral fellowship from the Strategic Training Programme in Tobacco Research of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research during 2006‐2009, Dr. Nargis began working with Professor Geoffrey T. Fong and the ITC Project team.

Dr. Nargis served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh and as a Senior Economist in the Department of the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases at the World Health Organization Headquarters. She was a Co‐Investigator on the WHO Study of the Impact of Tobacco-related Illnesses in Bangladesh in 2004-2005. That comprehensive assessment of the impact of tobacco use, taking into account both positive economic impact (e.g., revenue, employment, exports) and negative impact (e.g., health care costs) was the first such analysis of tobacco use in Bangladesh. The WHO Study included an extensive, nationally representative household survey, and it is that study that is the reference point for the current ITC Bangladesh Survey.

Dr. Nargis is currently serving as Scientific Director of Economic and Health Policy Research at the American Cancer Society. Her current tobacco-related research is focused on the economics of tobacco and tobacco control.

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