Fat Taxes and Other Interventions Won't Cure Obesity
5 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 2012
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
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By Deepak Hegde