Evaluation of Local-Level Sweetened Beverage Taxation in the US
This evaluation studies sweetened beverage taxation in jurisdictions across the US, including Cook County, IL; Oakland, CA; and Seattle, WA. We look at each jurisdiction before and after the tax goes into effect, and compare it to a similar jurisdiction without the tax to answer seven primary research questions. To evaluate the specific questions outlined below, the research team is using food outlet environmental audits, individual-level surveys, retail-level scanner data, national and publicly available datasets, and key informant interviews.
How much of the sweetened beverage tax is passed-through to consumers in the form of higher prices for taxed beverages?
Are there retail changes in the sales and volume sold of taxed beverages following the implementation of a sweetened beverage tax?
Are there retail changes in the sales and volume sold of untaxed beverages, alcohol, snacks, and sweets following the implementation of a sweetened beverage tax?
Do retailers change marketing strategies and price promotions on taxed and untaxed beverages following the implementation of a sweetened beverage tax?
Cross Border Shopping
Do individuals avoid the sweetened beverage tax by shopping in bordering areas that do not have a tax?
Are there changes in total, public sector, private employment following the implementation of a beverage tax?
Are there differences in the amount of revenue raised by jurisdiction?
What successes and challenges to sweetened beverage tax implementation should be shared with other jurisdictions considering a tax?
|Principal Investigator||Lisa M. Powell, PhD|
Frank Chaloupka, PhD
Jamie Chriqui, PhD, MHS
Marcus Dillender, PhD
Pierre T. Leger, PhD
Oksana Pugach, PhD
Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN
Yuka Asada, PhD, RD
Julien Leider, MA
Andrea Pipito, MS
Osama El’Sayed, BS
Yu Li MBA, MPP
Samantha Marinello, MS
Sabira Taher, MPH
Vinitha Varghese, MA
Jiashan Wu, MEcon, MS
|Consultant||Amy Yaroch, PhD (Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition)|
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