Taxing Antisocial Behavior for the Common Good
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- Lorenzi, P. Soc (2010) 47: 328. doi:10.1007/s12115-010-9337-z
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Long-term sustainable social policy strategies include attention to sins and their prosocial benefits. Antisocial goods and actions can provide the basis for tax revenue generated to serve the public good. Sin taxes have the potential to reduce addictive, antisocial consumption activity and to increase prosocial goods, leading to sustainable, long-term strategies for economic, environmental and entrepreneurial progress. Sustainable enterprise strategies combined with taxes on antisocial behavior offer great promise yet require careful thought and prosocial leadership.