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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
Language Code: en
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.
Issue Date: 26-Apr-2020
Date Available: 16-Dec-2020
DDC Class: 330 Wirtschaft
Subject(s): altruism
fat tax
Sponsor/Funder: TU Berlin, Open-Access-Mittel – 2020
Journal Title: Health Economics
Publisher: Wiley
Publisher Place: New York, NY
Volume: 29
Issue: 8
Publisher DOI: 10.1002/hec.4024
Page Start: 938
Page End: 944
EISSN: 1099-1050
ISSN: 1057-9230
Appears in Collections:FG Ökonomie des öffentlichen Sektors, insbesondere Gesundheitsökonomie » Publications

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