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WHO: Using price policies to promote healthier diets

This publication provides information on using price policies to promote healthy diets and explores policy developments from around the WHO European Region. It examines the economic theory underpinning the use of subsidies and taxation and explores the available evidence.

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“This publication provides information on using price policies to promote healthy diets and explores policy developments from around the WHO European Region. It examines the economic theory underpinning the use of subsidies and taxation and explores the available evidence. The publication includes several case studies from WHO European Member States where price policies have been introduced, along with a European Union scheme. It concludes with some observations about the design of more effective price policies.”

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WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2015, Using price policies to promote healthier diets, ISBN 978 92 890 5082 1

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