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Viewpoint: Soda taxes – Four questions economists need to address

Laura Cornelsen and Richard D. Smith

Food Policy, 2018, vol. 74, issue C, 138-142

Abstract: The popularity of soda taxes as a public health policy has grown rapidly in the last few years. While the evidence that the tax works in reducing the purchases of soda is emerging, there are a number of questions that are yet to be answered before the broader effectiveness of this measure can be determined. Beyond health effects, there is more specifically a need to better understand the economic mechanisms of change, redistributive effects, as well as causal and spillover effects in food systems and economy more broadly.

Keywords: Tax; Soda; Sugary drink; SSB; Effect; Economic impact (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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