Guillermo Paraje, PhD

American Cancer Society Global Fellow

Guillermo Paraje – a long-time partner of the American Cancer Society – is Professor of Economics in the Business School at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago, Chile. In recognition of Prof. Paraje’s ongoing commitment to fighting cancer and to doing so in close collaboration with ACS, he has been named an official ACS Global Fellow. He specializes in health economics, including health equity, health systems and the economics of risk factors to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse and unhealthy diet. Specific to NCDs, he has recently contributed to the field by developing policy-oriented research to implement effective tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverage control policies in Latin America and Asia.

Prof. Paraje has been a consultant to the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Program, UNICEF, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Inter-American Development Bank, among others. His academic articles have been published in Science, the British Journal of Psychiatry, the American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, Economic Inquiry, Tobacco Control, the Pan-American Journal of Public Health, and PLoS One, among others.

Prof. Paraje was a member of the 2014 Presidential Commission to Reform Health Insurance in Chile; and has been recently appointed to the Ministry of Health Advisory Committee on Universal Health Guarantees. He also is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Program for Research, Advocacy and Capacity Building on Tobacco Taxation (funded by the American Cancer Society and Cancer Research UK).

He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the National University of Córdoba (Argentina); and an MPhil and PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom).

Recently, Prof. Paraje with support from ACS and frequent partner, the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins University, completed a study of the illicit trade in tobacco products in Santiago to help proponents of tobacco tax reform make a strong case that illicit trade is not an obstacle to increasing tobacco taxes in Chile.  Download the full report (Spanish) or the executive summary (English). For the sake of transparency, Dr. Paraje is also making the source data (DTA file) available.