FAT TAXES AND OTHER INTERVENTIONS WON'T CURE OBESITY

Authors


Barrie M. Craven is an Associate at the Department of Education, University of Newcastle upon Tyne (b.m.craven@ncl.ac.uk).

Michael L. Marlow is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, California Poly State University, San Luis Obispo CA.

Alden F. Shiers is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, California Poly State University, San Luis Obispo CA.

Abstract

Many countries are either introducing or proposing to introduce taxes on fat in foods as an attempt to curb growing rates of obesity. It is argued here that such taxes would be uneconomic, ineffective, discriminate racially, encourage rent-seeking behaviour and result in various adverse unintended consequences.

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