Panel: Soda Taxes to Improve Health Outcomes: New Insights from Scanner Data

Thursday, November 7, 2019: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
I.M Pei Tower: Majestic Level, Majestic Ballroom (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizer:  Felipe Lozano-Rojas, Indiana University
Panel Chair:  Robert Kaestner, University of Chicago
Discussant:  Seth Freedman, Indiana University

In recent years the introduction of Soda Taxes in different localities to curve sugar consumption has led to increasing research concerning the effects of the policy. In this panel, an extension of previous evaluations is presented aiming to improve the research design of previous evaluations, either by considering more case studies, now that data is available for more communities, but also by carefully exploring different controls that allow for better identification of causal effect.

Beyond exploring direct effects on the consumption of those beverages affected by the policy, the work developed for this panel intends to further contribute to this line of inquiry by looking at the effects on other potential substitutes or exploring heterogeneity of responses across different affected subpopulations.

The Impact of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes on Household Purchases: A Multi-City Analysis with Multiple Comparison Groups
David Frisvold1, John Cawley2, Anna Hill3 and David J. Jones3, (1)University of Iowa, (2)Cornell University, (3)Mathematica

Getting My Sugar Back. Effects of Soda Taxation Beyond Beverages
Felipe Lozano-Rojas and Patrick Carlin, Indiana University

Demand and Supply-Side Responses to Sugar Sweetened Beverage Taxes
Pierre Leger and Lisa Powell, University of Illinois, Chicago

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