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International Advances in Economic Research

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 388–394 | Cite as

Alternative Fat Taxes to Control Obesity

  • J. Stephen ClarkEmail author
  • O. Ludwig Dittrich
Article

Abstract

This paper examines three alternative types of fat taxes to determine how effective they may be in reducing obesity. Upon the examination of the available evidence as to the effectiveness of fat taxes in reducing obesity authors conclude that all types of fat taxes are not sufficiently specific in targeting obesity. In some cases imposition of fat tax may actually lead to reversal of the intended effect. Therefore, the use of taxes to reduce obesity and promote healthy outcomes is not recommended.

Keywords

Fat tax Obesity Nutrient index Nutrition Health 

JEL

H2 I1 

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© International Atlantic Economic Society 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business and Social SciencesNova Scotia Agricultural CollegeTruroCanada
  2. 2.Department of Economic Theories, Faculty of Economics and ManagementCzech University of Life SciencesPraha 6—SuchdolCzech Republic

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