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The Impact of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax on Prices and Product Availability

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  • John Cawley
  • David Frisvold
  • Anna Hill
  • David Jones

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In this paper, the authors examine the impact of Philadelphia’s beverage tax, enacted in 2017, on the prices and availability of taxed beverages and untaxed beverages that may be substitutes for consumers.

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  • John Cawley & David Frisvold & Anna Hill & David Jones, "undated". "The Impact of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax on Prices and Product Availability," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 3f7ed7214c7c4ab2b10ab592a, Mathematica Policy Research.
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    Keywords

    Sugar Sweetened Beverage (SSB) Tax; Childhood Obesity; Soda;
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    JEL classification:

    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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