Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Professor discusses impact of soda tax

Jason Fletcher Jason Fletcher

Professor Jason Fletcher discusses on Wisconsin Public Radio the economic and health impacts of taxing soda in the context of the recent decision by Berkeley, California, to add a one-cent-per-ounce tax on soft drinks, the first U.S. city to do so.

Extra sales taxes on soda may not do anything to improve people's health, Fletcher and co-authors found in a study, Non-Linear Effects of Soda Taxes on Consumption and Weight Outcomes," published in March in the journal Health Economics.

Listen to the interivew on Wisconsin Public Radio's Joy Cardin Show.

Research finds soda tax does little to decrease obesity, March 24, 2014, La Follette School News