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FAT TAXES AND THIN SUBSIDIES: PRICES, DIET, AND HEALTH OUTCOMES

Sean Cash (), David Sunding and David Zilberman ()

No 19961, 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO from American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association)

Abstract: "Fat taxes" have been proposed as a way of addressing food-related health concerns. In this paper, we investigate the possible effects of "thin subsidies," consumption subsidies for healthier foods. Empirical simulations, based on data from the Continuing Study of Food Intake by Individuals, are used to calculate the potential health benefits of subsidies on certain classes of fruits and vegetables. Estimates of the cost per statistical life saved through such subsidies compare favorably with existing U.S. government programs.

Keywords: Health; Economics; and; Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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