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Chicago Fed Letter, No. 284, March 2011
Who Would Be Affected by Soda Taxes?

In 2009–10, 17 states considered expanding taxation on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) as a potential source of funds and a means to curb obesity. This article examines the various types of soda tax proposals, the underlying economic theory, and the anticipated impact of the proposed taxes on different population groups.



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