Sunday, October 16, 2011

A fat tax for Ireland?

The government is said to be considering introducing a “fat tax” for Ireland, following the introduction of one in Denmark, as a way of tackling the increase in obesity. It has already prompted some debate, for example here.

It is also being discussed in the UK and the Institute for Fiscal Studies has just published some thoughtful reflections on it, written by Rachel Griffith & Martin O’Connell, drawing on their recent Fiscal Studies paper. Let us hope we have some similarly informed contributions in Ireland.

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