Philly’s tax on soda made prices bubble up

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University economist John Cawley was at a research conference in Philadelphia when he happened upon a sweet natural experiment in the making. An expert in risky health behaviors linked to obesity, Cawley read a newspaper article about how an upcoming city tax on sugar-sweetened drinks would be challenging to implement in […]

Five-cent bag ‘tax’ in NYC is likely to cut use in half

New York City shoppers will soon have to pay 5 cents for disposable bags, as city council members have approved a measure to require some retailers to collect a fee on paper or plastic bags. Tatiana Homonoff, a behavioral economist and assistant professor at Cornell University’s Department of Policy Analysis and Management, conducted a study […]