Taxing Sugar: An Economic Analysis of Obesity Prevention through Taxing Sugar in the U.S.

Friday, November 7, 2014
Plaza Foyer (Sheraton)
Renee Erlandson , University of Texas at Tyler
For the first time in history, non-communicable diseases present a bigger health burden than infectious diseases. Sugar consumption correlates with many non-communicable diseases. Should the federal government tax sugar to prevent obesity-related costs? This project presents an economic analysis of the arguments for and against taxing sugar.