Would Soda Taxes Really Yield Health Benefits?

5 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2010

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Michael L. Marlow

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alden Shiers

California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo - Economics

Date Written: October 12, 2010

Abstract

This article discusses the economic theory and empirical evidence of using soda taxes to lower obesity. The authors conclude that these taxes are unlikely to significantly lower obesity and that they promote many unintended consequences that may adversely affect public health. Higher tax revenues stemming from soda taxes are also likely to be used to expand government programs other than those associated with controlling obesity.

Suggested Citation

Marlow, Michael L. and Shiers, Alden, Would Soda Taxes Really Yield Health Benefits? (October 12, 2010). Regulation, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1691104 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1691104

Michael L. Marlow (Contact Author)

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Alden Shiers

California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo - Economics ( email )

United States

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