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Corne Van Walbeek

Project Director 
Professor, School of Economics, University of Cape Town


Bio and CV
Corné van Walbeek is currently a Professor  at the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. He joined UCT in 2000 as a Senior Researcher in the Applied Fiscal Research Centre, and began teaching in the School of Economics in 2001. Before joining UCT Corné was a manager in a fruit exporting company for three years and a lecturer at Stellenbosch University for six years. His research interests are primarily in the economics of tobacco control, and in particular how changes in the excise tax on tobacco products can affect cigarette consumption. Within this field, his research has focused on the estimation of price elasticities of demand, how excise tax increases impact the poor, changes in smoking by different demographic groups over time, and the industry’s reaction to changes in the tobacco excise tax. His PhD thesis, completed in 2005, was entitled “The Economics of Tobacco Control in South Africa”. Furthermore, he has consulted the government in Jamaica and research groups in East Africa about tobacco control. Recently his research has had a strong international and cross-sectional focus. Together with Evan Blecher, their work has popularised the idea that the effectiveness of excise tax increases should be evaluated in terms of cigarette affordability, more than simply the price of cigarettes. The concept, although simple and intuitive, is gaining prominence in the literature and with the World Health Organization, and affordability measures are included in cross-country surveys of tobacco variables.

Corne van Walbeek CV


  • Van Walbeek, CP (2010) A simulation model to predict the fiscal and public health impact of a change in cigarette excise taxesTobacco Control. 19(1): 31-36.
  • Blecher, EH and Van Walbeek, CP (2009) Cigarette affordability trends: an update and some methodological commentsTobacco Control 18(3): 167-175.
  • Groenewald, P, Vos, T, Norman, R, Laubscher, R, Van Walbeek, C, Saloojee, Y, Sitas, F, Bradshaw, D and the South African Comparative Risk Assessment Collaborating Group (2007) Estimating the burden of disease attributable to smoking in South Africa in 2000South African Medical Journal 97(8): 674- 681.
  • Murray, JJ and Van Walbeek, CP (2007) Impact of the Sectoral Determination for farm workers in the South African sugar industry: Case study of the KwaZulu-Natal North and South CoastsAgrekon 46(1): 116-134.
  • Van Walbeek, CP, Blecher, EH and Van Graan, M (2007) The effects of the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act of 1999 on restaurant revenues in South Africa: a survey approachSouth African Medical Journal 97(3): 208-211.
  • Sessions, M and Van Walbeek, CP (2007) A directional analysis of the Bureau of Economic Research’s quarterly forecastsJournal for Studies in Economics and Econometrics 31(3): 119-138.
  • Van Walbeek, CP (2006) Official revisions to South African national accounts data: Magnitudes and implicationsSouth African Journal of Economics 74(4): 745-765.
  • Samouilhan, NL, Van Walbeek, CP and Smit, EvdM (2006) Convergence, rationality and accuracy in South African consensus economic forecasts. Journal for Studies in Economics and Econometrics30(2):147-165.
  • Van Walbeek, CP (2006) Industry responses to the tobacco excise tax increases in South AfricaSouth African Journal of Economics 74(1): 110-122.
  • Van Walbeek, CP (2005) Le controle du tabagisme en Afrique du Sud (Tobacco control in South Africa). Promotion and Education 4 (supplement): 25-28.
  • Van Walbeek, CP (2004) Tobacco control in South Africa in the 1990s: a mix of advocacy, academic research and policySouth African Journal of Economic History, 19(1&2): 100-131.
  • Blecher, E and Van Walbeek, CP (2004) An international analysis of cigarette affordabilityTobacco Control, 13: 339-346.
  • Van Walbeek, CP (2004) Does lecture attendance matter? Some observations from a first-year course in Economics at the University of Cape TownSouth African Journal of Economics, 72(4): 861-883.
  • Van Walbeek, CP (2003) Tobacco excise taxation in South Africa. Published report for the Tobacco Free Initiative of the World Health Organisation. Report WHO/NMH/TFI/FTC/03.4.
  • Economics of Tobacco Control Project – Phase II (2002) The economics of tobacco control in South Africa. Applied Fiscal Research Centre. ISBN 0-7992-2174-0. Written by CP van Walbeek (145 pp).
  • Economics of Tobacco Control Project – Phase II (2002) The tobacco epidemic can be reversed: Tobacco control in South Africa during the 1990s. Applied Fiscal Research Centre. ISBN 0-7992-2146-5. Written by CP van Walbeek (61 pp).
  • Van Walbeek, CP (2002) The distributional impact of changes in tobacco prices. The South African Journal of Economics, 70(3): 258-267.
  • Van Walbeek, CP (2002) Recent trends in smoking prevalence in South Africa: Some evidence from AMPS data. South African Medical Journal, 92(6):468-472.
  • Van Walbeek, CP & WJ Pienaar (1997) Forecasting the demand for rail transport in South Africa. Journal for Studies in Economics and Econometrics 21(3): 25-45.
  • Van Walbeek, CP (1996) Research note: Some aspects of seasonality and variability in four fresh produce markets. Agrekon 35(1): 41-45.
  • Van Walbeek, CP (1996). Excise taxes on tobacco: How much scope does the government have? The South African Journal of Economics 64(1): 12-23.
  • Van Walbeek, CP (1993) The consequences of export instability: South Africa, 1971-1988. The South African Journal of Economics 61(3): 227-235.
  • Van Walbeek, CP and McCarthy, CL (1992) Export instability: An analysis of the South African export sectorIndustrial Policy and Development in South Africa Vol. 1, Industrial Development Corporation.
  • Van Walbeek, CP The Economics of Tobacco Control in South Africa