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The Perverse Economics of the Bidi and Tendu Trade

A response to "A Rational Taxation System of Bidis and Cigarettes to Reduce Smoking Deaths in India" (EPW, 15 October 2011). It is important to first have better information on the production of tendu leaves and bidis, and then to correct the prices of inputs (including wages) if tax policies are to have a salutary impact on bidi smoking.

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