"Taxes on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: Impacts on Prices, Purchases, and Consumption"
In the past decade, taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) have been implemented in numerous U.S. cities as well as nations worldwide. Such taxes are seen as a way to reduce consumption and prevent diet-related chronic disease but, because these taxes are relatively recent, the evidence base is still being built. In this presentation we review the evidence regarding the city-level taxes on SSBs in the U.S., with a focus on their estimated impact on prices, purchases, and consumption.
John Cawley is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Cornell University, where he directs the Cornell in Washington program. His research focuses on the economics of risky health behaviors; in particular, the economics of obesity. Previously, he was an Editor of the Journal of Health Economics and on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health Economists.
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