Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/230182
Authors: 
Kalamov, Zarko
Runkel, Marco
Year of Publication: 
2020
Citation: 
[Journal:] Health Economics [ISSN:] 1099-1050 [Volume:] 29 [Issue:] 8 [Pages:] 938-944
Abstract: 
ABSTRACT This study examines whether taxes on unhealthy food are suitable for internalizing intergenerational externalities inflicted by parents when they decide on their children's diet. In an overlapping generations (OLG) model with an imperfectly altruistic parent, the optimal steady‐state tax rate on unhealthy food is strictly positive. However, it is only second‐best because, in addition to reducing unhealthy consumption by the child, it distorts the parent's unhealthy consumption. Surprisingly, the optimal tax may underinternalize or overinternalize the marginal damage.
Subjects: 
altruism
fat tax
obesity
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
Document Version: 
Published Version

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