In 2018, the UK government introduced a tax on high-sugar drinks and some campaigners are lobbying for this indirect tax to be extended to other foods including snacks and cereals that have a high sugar content.
Is this an effective and equitable form of government intervention in a market to achieve desired changes in consumer behaviour? This study note brings together some useful resources on the issue. We have a collection of curated articles and study notes on the economics of a sugar tax available from this link.
Arguments in favour of a sugar tax:
Independent: 20% snack tax could have huge impact on UK obesity (2019)
Points against the introduction of a sugar tax
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