Número: 124
Autor(es): João Pereira dos Santos e Judite Gonçalves
Mês: Agosto
Ano: 2019

 Increasing obesity-related problems and rising healthcare expenditures have led governments in developed countries to consider the introduction of soda taxes. We study a recent such tax, implemented in Portugal, using extremely detailed panel data from one of the two largest retailers in the country, covering the period between February 2015 and January 2018. We take advantage of the tax breakdown by sugar levels to examine how soda prices and quantities purchased reacted. For identifcation, we rely on difference-in-differences models with various vectors of fixed effects, comparing each group of products to water.


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