Fat Taxes and Other Interventions Won't Cure Obesity

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Barrie Craven

University of Newcastle (Australia) - Newcastle Business School

Michael L. Marlow

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alden Shiers

California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo - Economics

Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

Many countries are either introducing or proposing to introduce taxes on fat in foods as an attempt to curb growing rates of obesity. It is argued here that such taxes would be uneconomic, ineffective, discriminate racially, encourage rent‐seeking behaviour and result in various adverse unintended consequences.

Keywords: fat taxes, rent‐seeking, obesity

Suggested Citation

Craven, Barrie and Marlow, Michael L. and Shiers, Alden, Fat Taxes and Other Interventions Won't Cure Obesity (June 2012). Economic Affairs, Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp. 36-40, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2080359 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0270.2012.02153.x

Barrie Craven (Contact Author)

University of Newcastle (Australia) - Newcastle Business School ( email )

City Campus East – 231
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne NE1 8ST
United Kingdom

Michael L. Marlow

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Alden Shiers

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

United States

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