“The big takeaway is that consumers will respond to taxes but that the response will vary with the type of tax,” says Matthew Harding, associate professor of economics and statistics at the University of California-Irvine and a co-author of the research. “In particular, (ingredient) taxes are more effective because they are targeting an (ingredient) across all products so it prevents people from substituting from a taxed product to an untaxed product, which may not necessarily improve the nutrition intake.”

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