Would Soda Taxes Really Yield Health Benefits?

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SSRN Electronic Journal

Publication Year:
2010
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SSRN Id:
1691104
DOI:
10.2139/ssrn.1691104
Author(s):
Michael L. Marlow; Alden Shiers
Publisher(s):
Elsevier BV
article description
This article discusses the economic theory and empirical evidence of using soda taxes to lower obesity. The authors conclude that these taxes are unlikely to significantly lower obesity and that they promote many unintended consequences that may adversely affect public health. Higher tax revenues stemming from soda taxes are also likely to be used to expand government programs other than those associated with controlling obesity.