The Surprising Tale of the Mexican Soda Tax

The surprising impact of the Mexican soda tax demonstrated that consumer and supplier responses can be unpredictable.

More Soda Wars

If you lived in Richmond, California, would you vote yes or no for their proposed soda tax? The tax is unusual because it does not charge people at the register. Instead, retailers would have to pay a license fee that…

A High, Low, or No Soda Tax?

States debating a tax on soda have to decide whether they want to raise revenue or diminish obesity. If a sales tax on soda is not very high, people will continue buying sugary drinks. The result? The state gets more…

More Taxing Decisions

Would you support a penny an ounce tax on sugar sweetened beverages? According to the NY Times and The New England Journal of Medicine, the idea is becoming increasingly attractive to many municipalities. By putting on our economic glasses, we can…

Mandate Broccoli?

What if there was a miracle food that helped fight colds, prevent cancer, heart disease, and cataracts, and fostered healthy bones? According to several non-medical web sites, there is one. It’s broccoli. And what if another food promoted diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, dental cavities, kidney stones, high…