Dr. Arantxa Colchero



  • 2007 – PhD in International Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD.
  • 2001 – Master in Sciences, Health Economics, National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Mexico.
  • 1993 – Bachelor in Economics (Honors), National Autonomous University, Mexico.

Academic appointments: 

  • Researcher in Medical Sciences E, Directorate of Health Economics of the Center for Research in Health Systems, INSP.
  • President of the College of Professors of Health Economics.
  • Coordinator of the Master of Science.
  • National System of Researchers, Level II.
  • Researcher affiliated with CISIDAT.

Research interests:

  • Nutrition economics: how the food environment (prices, affordability, availability) has contributed to the obesity epidemic in less developed countries.
  • Design and impact evaluation of structural strategies to prevent and reduce obesity, such as, fiscal policies and frontal labeling.
  • Design and impact evaluation of prevention and treatment interventions in populations at high risk of contracting HIV / AIDS, particularly in men who have sex with men and trans women.
  • Technical efficiency studies in the provision of health services and associated factors.

Featured projects:

  • Fiscal strategies to fight obesity and diabetes in Mexico. Bloomberg Philanthropies- 2012-2019- Co-investigator.
  • Evaluating the impact of SSB and nonessential food taxes in Mexico. National Institutes of Health (NIH) – 2016-2020. Co-investigator.
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness and technical efficiency in producing services for patients with diabetes in Mexico: a pilot study. 2014-2017. Principal Investigator.


  • Colchero MA, Guerrero-López CM, Molina M, Unar-Munguía M. Affordability of food and beverages in Mexico between 1994 and 2016. 2019. Nutrients. 11(1).
  • Unar-Munguía M. Monterrubio F, E. Colchero MA. Apparent consumption of caloric sweeteners increased after the implementation of NAFTA in Mexico. 2019. Food Policy. 84. 103-110.
  • Hernández-F, M. Batis C, Rivera JA, Colchero MA. Reduction in purchases of energy-dense nutrient poor foods in Mexico associated with the introduction of a tax in 2014. Prev Med. 2019. 118: 16-22.
  • Ng SW, Rivera JA, Popkin BM, Colchero MA. Did high sugar-sweetened beverage purchasers respond differently to the excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Mexico? Public Health Nutrition. 2018.
  • Colchero MA, Rivera J, Popkin B, Ng S. In Mexico, Evidence of Sustained Consumer Response Two Years After Implementing A Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax. 2017. Health Affairs. 36(3).
  • Colchero MA, Bautista-Arredondo S. Cortés-Ortiz MA, Romero-Martinez M, Salas J. Sosa-Rubí SG. Uribe P. Impact and economic evaluations of a combination prevention program for MSM in Mexico: a quasi-experiment in 24 cities. 2016. AIDS. 30(2).
  • Colchero M.A, Contreras-Loya D, López-Gatell H, González de Cosío T. The costs of inadequate breastfeeding for infants in Mexico. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2015. 101(3).
  • Colchero MA, Cortes-Ortiz MA, Romero-Martínez M, Vega H., González A. Román R., Franco-Nuñez A, Bautista-Arredondo Sergio. HIV prevalence, sociodemographic characteristics and sexual behaviors among transwomen in Mexico City. 2015. Salud Pública de México. Vol 57. Supplement 2.
  • Colchero MA, Unar M, Salgado, Hernández-Ávila M, Rivera Dommarco JA. Price elasticity of the demand for sugar sweetened beverages and soft drinks in Mexico. 2015. Economics and Human Biology. 19.
  • Colchero MA, Caballero B., Bishai D., The effect of income and occupation on body mass index among women in the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Surveys. Soc Sci Med. 2008. 66(9).