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The Effects of a "Fat Tax" on the Nutrient Intake of French Households

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  • Allais, Olivier
  • Bertail, Patrice
  • Nichele, Veronique

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This article assesses the effects of a "fat tax" on the nutrient intake of French households across different income groups using a method that estimates the nutrient elasticities of French households. We estimate a complete demand system by aggregating an individual demand system over cohorts. The use of a cohort model is justified by the incompleteness of our data. We find that a "fat tax" would have ambiguous and extremely small effects on the nutrient intake of French households, and its associated economic welfare costs would be similarly weak.

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  • Allais, Olivier & Bertail, Patrice & Nichele, Veronique, 2008. "The Effects of a "Fat Tax" on the Nutrient Intake of French Households," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 43967, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    1. Rodrigo Mantaut Leifert & Claudio Ribeiro De Lucinda, 2014. "Análise Dos Efeitos De Um Imposto Sobrealimentos Engordativos No Mercado Brasileiro," Anais do XL Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 40th Brazilian Economics Meeting] 123, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
    2. Xavier Irz, 2010. "Modeling physical quantities of food and nutrients consumed from aggregate data-with an application to Finland," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 41(3-4), pages 293-304, May.
    3. Shenggen Fan & Joanna Brzeska, 2015. "The Nexus between Agriculture and Nutrition: Do Growth Patterns and Conditional Factors Matter?," Working Papers id:7519, eSocialSciences.

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    Household survey data; demand system; nutrient elasticities.; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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