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Viewpoint: Soda taxes – Four questions economists need to address

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  • Smith, Richard D.

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The popularity of soda taxes as a public health policy has grown rapidly in the last few years. While the evidence that the tax works in reducing the purchases of soda is emerging, there are a number of questions that are yet to be answered before the broader effectiveness of this measure can be determined. Beyond health effects, there is more specifically a need to better understand the economic mechanisms of change, redistributive effects, as well as causal and spillover effects in food systems and economy more broadly.

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  • Cornelsen, Laura & Smith, Richard D., 2018. "Viewpoint: Soda taxes – Four questions economists need to address," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 74(C), pages 138-142.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:74:y:2018:i:c:p:138-142
    DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2017.12.003
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