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


Author:
Kuchler, Fred., Tegene, Abebayehu., Harris, J. Michael., and United States Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service.
Source:
Agriculture information bulletin ; no. 747-08 2004
Year:
2004
Subject:
Snack foods -- Taxation -- United States, Weight loss -- United States, Food habits -- Economic aspects -- United States, Tax revenue estimating -- United States, Obesity -- United States, Junk food -- Taxation -- United States, Excise tax -- United States, snack foods, taxes, and United States
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
Collection:
USDA publications