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Taxing Caloric Sweetened Beverages To Curb Obesity

Travis Smith (), Biing-Hwan Lin () and Rosanna Mentzer Morrison

Amber Waves:The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources, and Rural America, 2010, 6

Abstract: High U.S. obesity rates have prompted calls for a tax on caloric sweetened beverages. Faced with such a tax, consumers are likely to substitute nontaxed beverages, such as bottled water, juice, and milk. A tax that increases the price of caloric sweetened beverages by 20 percent could cause an average reduction of 3.8 pounds of body weight over a year for adults and 4.5 pounds for children.

Keywords: Consumer/Household Economics; Demand and Price Analysis; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.121894

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