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Reforming Taxes on Wine and Other Alcoholic Beverage Consumption

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  • Kym Anderson

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As part of a comprehensive review of Australia's tax system, the taxes on alcoholic beverages recently came under scrutiny. In its initial response to the review in May 2010, the government chose to not change those taxes, even though the review recommended the wine tax switch from an "ad valorem" to a volumetric basis and that all beverages be taxed to the same extent per litre of alcohol. This paper introduces a mini-symposium of three other papers aimed at contributing to what will be an on-going public policy debate on the optimal taxation of alcohol for purposes of covering social costs associated with harmful alcohol consumption, influencing consumer behaviour through altering beverage prices levels and relativities, and raising government revenue. Copyright (c) 2010 The Economic Society of Australia.

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Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy.

Volume (Year): 29 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 197-199

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Handle: RePEc:bla:econpa:v:29:y:2010:i:2:p:197-199

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  1. Xueyan Zhao, 2010. "What Do the Bingers Drink? Micro-unit Evidence on Negative Externalities and Drinker Characteristics of Alcohol Consumption by Beverage Types," Wine Economics Research Centre Working Papers 2010-07, University of Adelaide, Wine Economics Research Centre.
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