Resources on the Sugar Tax | tutor2u Economics

Here is a selection of news articles and other resources on the newly announced tax on sugary soft drinks in the UK

This article from the Guardian summarises some of the recent research on the sugar tax, most of which appeared in the Economist about a month ago. It makes the point that the largest consumers of soft drinks are among the poorest sectors of society and thus the tax is going to be regressive. However, this means that it might have the greatest effect in reducing consumption - but that, of course, depends upon the price elasticity of demand and this will balance the extent to which consumers are addicted to fizzy drinks and the fact that it accounts for a greater proportion of their incomes than rich individuals.

But should the sugar tax be extended? This article (also from the Guardian) looks at the case for taxing 'excess sugar' in all sorts of other foodstuffs: biscuits and breakfast cereals

Will the sugar tax unintentionally penalise diabetics? (BBC) - great for considering the law of unintended consequences

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