Can Soft Drink Taxes Reduce Population Weight?
Jason M. Fletcher
Yale University - School of Public Health
David E. Frisvold
University of Washington - Department of Health Services
Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 28, Issue 1, pp. 23-35, January 2010
Soft drink consumption has been hypothesized as one of the major factors in the growing rates of obesity in the United States. Nearly two-thirds of all states currently tax soft drinks using excise taxes, sales taxes, or special exceptions to food exemptions from sales taxes to reduce consumption of this product, raise revenue, and improve public health. In this paper, we evaluate the impact of changes in state soft drink taxes on body mass index (BMI), obesity, and overweight. Our results suggest that soft drink taxes influence BMI, but that the impact is small in magnitude.(JEL I18, H75)
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 25, 2010
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