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A Finnish contract economics group which was hired by the tobacco industry to do 'social cost' studies to prove that no more tax was needed on cigarettes.
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Finnish Economisc Consultancy
1989–91: Philip Morris EEMA Long-range plans says:
Counter penal taxation proposals by activating experts in welfare economics.
* In Finland two studies are underway in cooperation with Amer-Tupakka (ATO): a smoking social cost/benefit study by the LTT, which is the premier Finnish research institute for economics; and a household expenditure study which compares smoking and non-smoking households.
* We shall consult with Peter Elleman-Jensen who has authored articles in Denmark on smoking social/costs benefits. He is the brother of the Danish Foreign Minister. We shall seek a published critique of the damaging social cost study published in Sweden.
1989 Oct 16: Philip Morris's EEMA Regional Annual Report on the PMI Corporate Affairs Action Plan states:
We have completed a third party study (by Malmberg) in Finland on household expenditures, which shows that smoking households consume less on health care than non-smoking households ; and we expect to publish this shortly in a reputable technical Scandinavian journal.
We are also in the process of initiating similar studies for Sweden and Denmark. To this end a reputable Danish economist, Professor Guldager from the Arhus Business School, is working to publish the Malmberg study and he will also conduct a study on Swedish Duty Free.
We are using the most prominent Finnish economic consultant, LTT, to study the social costs/benefits of smoking in Finland. Furthermore Peter Elleman-Jensen, a Danish economist and brother of the Foreign Minister, has been recruited to publish a critique of an unfavorable social cost study published in Sweden. We have initiated a project with C&B to recruit additional welfare economists, statisticians and econometricians.