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The Economics
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Created April 13, 2010
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Tax Flavor of the Year: A Soda Tax
 Taxes go in ...
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Elasticity of Demand for Soda
 The effectiveness...
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Effect of a Tax on Prices
A soda tax has three ma...
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Tax Revenue
 The tax revenue received by the
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Deadweight Loss
A tax also produces a deadweight ...
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Negative Externalities and Social Cost
 If consu...
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Offsetting social cost with a “sin tax”
 A tax o...
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Posting P100413 from Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog http://dolanecon.blogspot.com/
Tax Flavor of the Year: A Soda Tax
 Taxes go in and out of fashion. One
fashionable tax this year is a “soda tax,”
usually extended to cover all sweetened
beverages.
 The popularity of a Soda tax is driven by
two factors
 Rising budget deficits at both the
federal and state levels
 Increased concern about obesity
and its associated health-care costs
 Several states have instituted soda
taxes and a national soda tax is under
consideration
Read more about soda taxes:
Jane Brody, “A Tax To Combat America’s Sugary Diet,” NYT, Apr. 5, 2010
Kelly Brownell et. al, “Ounces of Prevention,” New England Journal of
Medicine, April 30, 2009
Soft Drink Taxes: A Policy Brief, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity,
Yale University, Fall 2009 www.yaleruddcenter.org
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