New Podcast: Dr. Jody L. Sindelar on Sin Taxes

August 11, 2009

As Kail wrote in his earlier post, sin taxes don’t necessarily decrease “negative” behavior among those who engage it in the most and pose the greatest risk to society. Kail cites a recent paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research that finds that higher alcohol prices tend to decrease drinking among light and moderate drinkers, but have no effect on heavy drinkers — those who are more likely to drive drunk and otherwise impose harm on others.

In this week’s Tax Policy Podcast, Dr. Jody L. Sindelar, who co-authored the NBER paper, discusses her research and its policy implications.

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