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The impact of a ‘soda tax’ on prices: evidence from French micro data

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  • Nicoletta Berardi

    (Centre de recherche de la Banque de France - Banque de France)

  • Patrick Sevestre

    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - ECM - École Centrale de Marseille - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - AMU - Aix Marseille Université)

  • Marine Tépaut
  • Alexandre Vigneron

    (LEF - Laboratoire d'Economie Forestière - AgroParisTech - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, IRSTEA - Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture)

Abstract

Based on an original data set of more than 500,000 non-alcoholic beverage price records, we evaluate the impact on consumer prices of the ?soda tax?, an excise on drinks with added sugar or sweetener, introduced in France in January 2012. We adopt a difference in differences approach and find that the tax was gradually passed through to the prices of the taxed beverages. After 6 months of its introduction, it was fully shifted to soda prices and almost fully shifted to the prices of fruit drinks, while the pass-through for flavoured waters was incomplete. We also find that the pass-through was heterogeneous across brands and retail groups.

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  • Nicoletta Berardi & Patrick Sevestre & Marine Tépaut & Alexandre Vigneron, 2016. "The impact of a ‘soda tax’ on prices: evidence from French micro data," Post-Print hal-01440299, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01440299
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2016.1150946
    Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://hal-amu.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01440299
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    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce

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