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The Economics
of a Soda Tax
Created April 13, 2010
Te...
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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
gov...
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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/
Negative Externalities and Social Cost
 If consumption of a good harms other
people, it is said to have a negative
externality , popularly called a “social
cost.”
 If social cost were included along with
private cost of production, the supply
curve for the good would shift upward
 Many observers think consuming soda
has a negative externality because it
contributes to obesity, which in turn
raises health insurance costs for
everyone

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