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On Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Combat the Obesity Problem

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This paper discusses the problem of obesity related to the consumption of non-alcholic beverages in the USA using a complete demand systems approach. Specific objectives of this study are: (1) to estimate own-price and cross-price elasticities of
selected non-alcoholic beverages; and (2) to estimate the direct and indirect effects of the proposed excise tax on SSB in terms of changes in consumption.

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