March 13, 2013

Adam Hoffer Discusses Sin Taxes on Inside State and Local Policy

  • Adam J. Hoffer

    Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
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Dr. Adam Hoffer discusses his research on “sin taxes”: excise taxes on such goods as alcohol, tobacco, and unhealthy foods. He breaks down how particular sin taxes affect different demographics, analyzes whether these taxes actually produce the intended results, and points out some of the quirkiest sin taxes currently on the books in the United States