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dc.contributor.authorDragone, Davide
dc.contributor.authorManaresi, Francesco
dc.contributor.authorSavorelli, Luca
dc.identifier.citationDragone , D , Manaresi , F & Savorelli , L 2013 ' Obesity and smoking : can we catch two birds with one tax? ' School of Finance & Economics Discussion Paper , no. 1306 , University of St Andrews .en
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dc.description.abstractThe debate on tobacco and fat taxes often treats smoking and eating as independent behaviors. However, the available evidence shows that they are interdependent, which implies that policies against smoking or obesity may have larger scope than expected. To address this issue, we propose a dynamic rational model where eating and smoking are simultaneous choices that jointly affect body weight and addiction to smoking. Focusing on direct and cross-price effects, we compare tobacco taxes and food taxes and we show that a single policy tool can reduce both smoking and body weight. In particular, food taxes can be more effective than tobacco taxes at simultaneously fighting obesity and smoking.
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSchool of Finance & Economics Discussion Paperen
dc.rights(c) 2013 the authorsen
dc.subjectFat taxen
dc.subjectHJ Public Financeen
dc.subjectSDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingen
dc.titleObesity and smoking : can we catch two birds with one tax?en
dc.typeWorking or discussion paperen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Economics and Financeen

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