Would Soda Taxes Really Yield Health Benefits?
5 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2010
Date Written: October 12, 2010
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.
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