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Main Title: Taxes on unhealthy food and externalities in the parental choice of children's diet
Author(s): Kalamov, Zarko
Runkel, Marco
Type: Article
Abstract: This study examines whether taxes on unhealthy food are suitable for internalizing intergenerational externalities inflicted by parents when they decide on their children's diet. In an overlapping generations (OLG) model with an imperfectly altruistic parent, the optimal steady‐state tax rate on unhealthy food is strictly positive. However, it is only second‐best because, in addition to reducing unhealthy consumption by the child, it distorts the parent's unhealthy consumption. Surprisingly, the optimal tax may underinternalize or overinternalize the marginal damage.
Subject(s): altruism
fat tax
Issue Date: 26-Apr-2020
Date Available: 16-Dec-2020
Language Code: en
DDC Class: 330 Wirtschaft
Sponsor/Funder: TU Berlin, Open-Access-Mittel – 2020
Journal Title: Health Economics
Publisher: Wiley
Volume: 29
Issue: 8
Publisher DOI: 10.1002/hec.4024
Page Start: 938
Page End: 944
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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