Fiscal policy and health related behaviours

Anne Ludbrook

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This chapter addresses the evidence concerning the impact that fiscal policy has on health behaviour and the relative effectiveness of fiscal policy and other interventions. The evidence will be set out first for the case of tobacco control and will consider results from the literature and the application of fiscal policy in the UK. This will address questions relating to the impact of fiscal policy on overall smoking prevalence and on socio-economic inequalities in smoking prevalence. This example will then be compared with the situation relating to alcohol and other health behaviours. Before turning to the evidence, the following sections consider the theoretical basis for fiscal interventions and how evidence of the effectiveness and efficiency of such interventions is generated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence Based Public Health
Subtitle of host publicationEffectiveness and efficiency
EditorsAmanda Killoran, Mike Kelly
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)0199563624 , 978-0199563623
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2009

Bibliographical note

The Health Economics Research Unit receives core funding from the Chief Scientist Office, Scottish Government Health Directorates, and from the University of Aberdeen. All opinions expressed are those of the author and should not be attributed to any funding body.


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