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Label, nudge or tax? A review of health policies for risky behaviours

Galizzi, Matteo M. (2012) Label, nudge or tax? A review of health policies for risky behaviours. Journal of Public Health Research, 1 (1). p. 5. ISSN 2279-9028

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Identification Number: 10.4081/jphr.2012.e5


This work proposes a critical, non systematic, review of the three main lines of health policy interventions to deal with risky behaviours, such as over-eating, smoking, sedentary lives, and excess alcohol drinking, namely: i) the release of information on health risks and consequences; ii) the use of financial incentives; and iii) direct policy intervention in markets, through regulation and taxation. First, the health and economic impact of the risky behaviours epidemics are briefly described. Then a critical review follows on the evidence existing on the effectiveness of each type of intervention. The review will also highlight the public health approach staying beyond each type of policy on risky behaviours and critically consider them within the context of more general health and social policy interventions.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2012 Page Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 14:24
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 14:36

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