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Main Title: A Sales Tax Is Better at Promoting Healthy Diets than the Fat Tax and the Thin Subsidy
Author(s): Kalamov, Zarko
Type: Article
Abstract: We analyze how a sales tax levied on all food products impacts the consumption of healthy food, unhealthy food, and obesity. The sales tax can stimulate the consumption of healthy meals by lowering the time costs of food preparation. Moreover, the sales tax lowers obesity under more general conditions than a tax on unhealthy food (fat tax) and a subsidy on healthy food (thin subsidy). We calibrate the model using recent consumption and time use data from the US. The thin subsidy is counterproductive and increases weight. While both the sales tax and the fat tax mitigate obesity, the former imposes a lower excess burden on consumers.
Subject(s): fat tax
sales tax
thin subsidy
Issue Date: 21-Jan-2020
Date Available: 26-Feb-2020
Language Code: en
DDC Class: 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
330 Wirtschaft
Sponsor/Funder: TU Berlin, Open-Access-Mittel - 2019
Journal Title: Health Economics
Publisher: Wiley
Volume: 29
Issue: 3
Publisher DOI: 10.1002/hec.3987
Page Start: 353
Page End: 366
EISSN: 1099-1050
ISSN: 1057-9230
TU Affiliation(s): Fak. 7 Wirtschaft und Management » Inst. Volkswirtschaftslehre und Wirtschaftsrecht (IVWR) » FG Ökonomie des öffentlichen Sektors, insbesondere Gesundheitsökonomie
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