Viewpoint: Soda taxes – Four questions economists need to address

Cornelsen, L; Smith, RD; (2017) Viewpoint: Soda taxes – Four questions economists need to address. Food policy, 74. pp. 138-142. ISSN 0306-9192 DOI:

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The popularity of soda taxes as a public health policy has grown rapidly in the last few years. While the evidence that the tax works in reducing the purchases of soda is emerging, there are a number of questions that are yet to be answered before the broader effectiveness of this measure can be determined. Beyond health effects, there is more specifically a need to better understand the economic mechanisms of change, redistributive effects, as well as causal and spillover effects in food systems and economy more broadly.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Tax, Soda, Sugary drink, SSB, Effect, Economic impact
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research


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