Young people in the UK consume far above the maximum recommended levels of added sugar. It is likely that neither they nor their parents fully take account of the future health, social and economic costs of this high sugar consumption. This provides a rationale for policy intervention. The majority of young people's added sugar consumption occurs in the home, where purchases are typically made by parents. This means that understanding the purchase decisions of adults is important for policy design, even if the policies aim to reduce the consumption of young people. We discuss the merits of popular policies, including taxes, advertising restrictions and restrictions on the availability of specific foods, and we identify promising avenues for future research.
CPP Co-Director, IFS Research Director
Rachel is Research Director and Professor at the University of Manchester. She was made a Dame for services to economic policy and education in 2021.
International Research Fellow University of Wisconsin
Martin, previously Deputy Research Director, is an International Research Fellow at IFS and Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin.
Research Fellow London School of Economics
Kate is an IFS Research Fellow and an Assistant Professor at LSE, interested in public finance, industrial organisation and applied microeconomics.
Journal article details
- Volume 41, Issue 1, May 2020, pages 165-197
Griffith, R et al. (2020). 'What's on the Menu? Policies to Reduce Young People's Sugar Consumption' Fiscal Studies - Special Issue: 50th Anniversary of IFS: Part 2, 41(1/2020), pp.165–197.
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