Connect

Member Research and Reports

Member Research and Reports

UIC Study Finds Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Would Not Hurt Jobs

A 20 percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages would result in small job gains in both the public and private sectors, according to new research by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers. Researchers modeled the employment impact of such a tax in Illinois and California. Their findings predict an increase of 4,509 jobs in Illinois and 6,252 jobs in California following the application of such a tax, representing a 0.06 percent and 0.03 percent increase in employment, respectively. “Our research shows that a 20 percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages would not result in overall job loss,” said Dr. Lisa Powell, professor of health policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago and lead author of the study.