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Addictive goods and taxes: A survey from an economic perspective

  • Nuria Badenes-Plá

    ()

    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

  • Andrew M. Jones

    ()

    (University of York)

In this paper we present an overview of the empirical evidence about the effectiveness of using taxation to influence addictive behaviour, and we address the normative question: should greater use be made of sin taxes to fund health care? First, we raise the desirability of linking health care financing and taxation of addictive goods, taking into account efficiency and equity principles. Secondly we present the approaches adopted by economists in the study of addiction and their policy implications. At the end, the empirical evidence of effectiveness of taxes is summarised.

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Volume (Year): 167 (2003)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 123-153

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