Tagged: Taxation

NEWS: Estonia: Parliament Approves Soft Drinks Tax

The Estonian Parliament has approved legislation taxing soft drinks to reduce sugar consumption, improve health and raise revenue. This initiative is based on the strong and growing international evidence that this measure is effective in settings where soft drink consumption is a significant contributor to sugar and energy intake…

REPORT: Innovative Financing Instruments For Global Health

Development assistance for health (DAH), the value of which peaked in 2013 and fell in 2015, is unlikely to rise substantially in the near future, increasing reliance on domestic and innovative financing sources to sustain health programmes in low-income and middle-income countries.
The researchers examined innovative financing instruments (IFIs) – financing schemes that generate and mobilise funds – to estimate the quantum of financing mobilised from 2002 to 2015…

NEWS: Sierra Leone: Struggles To Tax Alcohol

As President and Parliament agreed the Finance Act 2017, levels of taxation for imported alcohol products are set to decrease. This decrease comes just one year after a hike in alcohol taxation. With the changes, alcohol will become cheaper again, but remain more expansive than before the initial tax reform in 2016…

BLOG: Towards Alcohol Laws In Gulu: Low Hanging Fruit?

Armed with the collection of our community’s stories about the impact of alcohol, we sat outside the office of Gulu’s District Chairperson. We waited amongst a mixed assortment of people: three Ugandan men in fancy suits, an Indian man clutching some business cards, a woman in a frayed skirt and bare feet…

REPORT: Designing Alcohol Taxes: Evidence From The UK Market

This column argues that variation in preferences for different products and in price responsiveness across heavy and light alcohol users provides scope to improve welfare by varying tax rates across alcohol products. The proposed framework is well suited to addressing other sources of external costs, such as obesity…

BLOG: Taxation In East Africa: Why Governments Need Alcohol Taxes

The Public good and public health approach needs to be recognized when considering alcohol taxation. The case of South Africa shows that evidence-based alcohol policy measures, like taxation, can help improve social well being and the economy…