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The causal impact of sugar taxes on soft drink sales: evidence from France and Hungary

Christoph F. Kurz () and Adriana N. König
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Christoph F. Kurz: Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management, Helmholtz Zentrum München
Adriana N. König: Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management, Helmholtz Zentrum München

The European Journal of Health Economics, 2021, vol. 22, issue 6, No 6, 905-915

Abstract: Abstract Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are associated with increased body weight and obesity, which induce a wide array of health impairments such as diabetes or cardiovascular disorders. Excise taxes have been introduced to counteract SSB consumption. We investigated the effect of sugar taxes on SSB sales in Hungary and France using a synthetic control approach. For France, we found a slight decrease in SSB sales after tax implementation while overall soft drink sales increased. For Hungary, there was only a short-term decrease in SSB sales which disappeared after 2 years, leading to an overall increase in SSB sales. However, both effects are characterized by great uncertainty.

Keywords: Sugar-sweetened beverages; Synthetic control; Sales; Sugar tax; Soft drinks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s10198-021-01297-x

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