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Taxing snack foods : what to expect for diet and tax revenues


Author:
Kuchler, Fred., Tegene, Abebayehu., Harris, J. Michael., United States, Department of Agriculture., and Economic Research Service.
Source:
USDA
Year:
2004
Subject:
Snack foods, Taxation, Weight loss, Food habits, Economic aspects, Tax revenue estimating, Obesity, Junk food, Excise tax, snack foods, and taxes
Abstract:
Health researchers and health policy advocates have proposed levying excise taxes on snack foods as a possible way to address the growing prevalence of obesity and overweight in the United States. Some proposals suggest higher prices alone will change consumers' diets. Others claim that change will be possible if earmarked taxes are used to fund an information program. This research examines the potential impact of excise taxes on snack foods, using baseline data from a household survey of food purchases.
Language:
English
Publisher:
Economic Research Serivce, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Series:
Agriculture information bulletin ; no. 747-08 and Current issues in economics of food markets
Collection:
USDA publications
Permanent URL:
http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/35119