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Paolo Crosetto (French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment)

15 March 2024 @ 13:30 - 14:30


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15 March 2024
13:30 - 14:30
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Seminar series “CLOSER, but not quite” – Label or taxes: why not both? Testing nutritional mixed policies in the lab

Venue: Campus Luigi Einaudi, room 3 D1 01

Abstract. We run an incentivized framed-field laboratory experiment to evaluate the interaction of labelling (Nutri-Score) and pricing policies (fat taxes and thin subsidies) on the food shopping of a sample of French consumers. Taxes and subsidies, designed to fit Nutri-Score, are differentiated according to their magnitude (large or small), and their salience (explicit or implicit). We exploit a difference-in-difference design, whereby subjects shop for real from a catalog of 290 products twice, first without any labelling nor pricing policy, and then a second time with one of five different combinations of labelling and pricing policies. Results show that: i) when implemented alone, taxes and subsidies are less effective than labelling, especially when implicit and when small in magnitude; ii) policies mixing pricing and labelling are strongly sub-additive; iii) consumers would benefit from such policies in terms of expenditure at the expense of the State.