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Interactive video lesson plan for: Economics of a Sugar Tax (Market Failure & Government Intervention)

Activity overview:

Is the UK tax on high sugar drinks an effective and equitable government intervention to help address the growing social costs arising from our consumption of high sugar drinks?
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20 questions

1. What is meant by effective?
What is meant by equitable?

2. What are the 6 problems with there being too much sugar in our diet? (00:02:17)

3. Why do you think that there are 2 bands pf tax? (00:03:13)

4. What is meant by incentivise? (00:03:49)

5. Here are 4 different pollicies. Can you think of another one? (00:04:53)

6. This might surprise you! How might you use it in evaluation (00:05:14)

7. How much of hte soft drinks industry is NOT affected? (00:05:41)

8. We don't need this diagram but can you tell me why the MPB is above the MSB? (00:05:58)

9. What are the levels of output where private welfare is maximised and social welfare is maximised? (00:06:37)

10. Where is the market outcome without good information? Where is it with good information? (00:07:36)

11. Name 2 impacts of the "extra pressure on the NHS" (00:08:32)

12. What is meant by "hypothecation"? (00:09:19)

13. If that is the case, what is the PED of high sugar drinks? (00:11:46)

14. If the 10% rise in tax on sugary drinks leads to a 4% rise in the demand for non-sugary drinks, what is XED? (00:11:56)

15. If you ban the drinks, what is the effect on the market outcome compared to the optimum outcome. Think of your diagram (00:12:37)

16. Do you think that high sugar drinks have high or low PED? (00:14:02)

17. What is meant "unintended consequences"? (00:14:43)

18. What is meant by a regressive tax? (00:15:22)

19. What is meant by "nudge theory" (00:15:42)

20. What is the difference between sugary drinks and "calorific content"? (00:16:01)

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