Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797610361446
Title: The influence of taxes and subsidies on energy purchased in an experimental purchasing study
Authors: Epstein, L.H.
Dearing, K.K.
Roba, L.G.
Finkelstein, E. 
Keywords: Food purchasing
Obesity
Subsidies
Taxes
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Epstein, L.H., Dearing, K.K., Roba, L.G., Finkelstein, E. (2010). The influence of taxes and subsidies on energy purchased in an experimental purchasing study. Psychological Science 21 (3) : 406-414. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797610361446
Abstract: There is limited research on how taxes and subsidies would influence the energy and nutritional quality of food purchases. Using an experimental analogue purchasing task, we examined the effects of increasing the price of high-calorie-for-nutrient foods or reducing the price of low-calorie-for-nutrient foods by 12.5% and 25% on mothers' purchases of 68 common foods and drinks. Taxing less healthy foods with low nutrient density reduced energy (caloric) intake, while reducing the proportion of fat and increasing the proportion of protein purchased. Subsidizing more healthful foods with high nutrient density increased energy intake, without changing the macronutrient profile of foods purchased. These results favor taxes as a way to reduce caloric intake. © The Author(s) 2010.
Source Title: Psychological Science
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124682
ISSN: 09567976
DOI: 10.1177/0956797610361446
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