The Lid on the Pot Industry

While states find it’s tough to predict marijuana tax revenue, they can assume that higher rates will nudge consumers toward black markets.

Finding the Best Soda Tax

Involving us individually and as a community, sugary drink taxes create nudges that result in a long list of costs and benefits.

Where a Sugary Drink Tax Won’t Work

Looking at the Philadelphia sugary drinks tax, we would find it did not accomplish many of its goals in three major categories.

Why the Philadelphia Soda Tax is Fizzling

Like all sin taxes, the Philadelphia sugary drinks tax has had an unpredictable impact on revenue and the alternatives that people select.

The Problem With the Soda Tax

Telling us that Berkeley’s sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax had fizzled, an August 2015 paper explained why. Where are we going? To the unpredictable impact of a soda tax. The Berkeley SSB Tax Berkeley’s basic idea was to tax the supply side.…

The Power of a Tax Incentive

Deciding if you support cigarette taxes on e-cigarettes depends on whether you think they are a health risk or a weapon in the battle against tobacco.

Weekly Roundup: From Russian Vodka to Venezuelan Beer

Our weekly roundup includes how economics connected Venezuelan oil and beer, Russian taxes and vodka, Broadway and the $10 bill and moving and jobs.

The Economic Side of Russian Vodka Consumption

Closely connected to tax revenue and civilian attitudes towards government, Russian vodka consumption was affected by economic incentives.

Everything We Could Ever Want to Know About Cigarette Taxes

An example of a sin tax, cigarette taxes can create incentives that involve saving lives, increasing revenue, entitlement spending, and smuggling.

Great Britain’s Sugary Drink Tax

While the UK’s sugary drink tax targets childhood obesity, it could also be creating a host of demand related incentives with unintended consequences.