Costs of Taxing Sodium: A Lunch Meat Application

The current American diet contains excessive amounts of sodium and saturated fat, which are high risk factors for cardiovascular disease (US Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010). Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported lunch meats to be the second highest source of sodium in American diets. Using 2006 Nielsen Homescan data and an AIDS framework, this study estimates the demand for eight disaggregated lunch meat products to determine the welfare costs associated with consuming these meat products. The estimated welfare analysis revealed that a tax rate that increases the price of the highest-sodium lunch meat (pepperoni) by 25 percent can reduce lunch meat consumption as well as lower the intake of lunch meat sodium by 20 percent.


Editor(s):
IFAMR, IFAMA
Issue Date:
Mar 01 2014
Publication Type:
Journal Article
DOI and Other Identifiers:
ISSN #: 1559-2448 (Other)
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/164596
Published in:
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 17, Special Issue A
Page range:
25-40
Total Pages:
16
JEL Codes:
C15; C43; D12; D61
Note:
The IFAMR is published quarterly by the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association. For complete library visit: www.ifama.org
Series Statement:
Volume 17
Special Issue A




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