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The Impact of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax on Purchases and Consumption by Adults and Children

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

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In this paper, the authors examine the effects of the beverage tax of 1.5 cents per ounce that was implemented in Philadelphia starting January 1, 2017.

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  • John Cawley & David Frisvold & Anna Hill & David Jones, "undated". "The Impact of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax on Purchases and Consumption by Adults and Children," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 6b77b831c6ad4cf19d401381e, Mathematica Policy Research.
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    Keywords

    Philadelphia beverage tax; soda consumption;

    JEL classification:

    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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