The plain truth about plain packaging: an econometric analysis of the Australian 2011 Tobacco Plain Packaging Act

Davidson, S and De Silva, A 2014, 'The plain truth about plain packaging: an econometric analysis of the Australian 2011 Tobacco Plain Packaging Act', Agenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 1-5.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title The plain truth about plain packaging: an econometric analysis of the Australian 2011 Tobacco Plain Packaging Act
Author(s) Davidson, S
De Silva, A
Year 2014
Journal name Agenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Publisher ANU Press
Abstract From December 2012 standardised packaging for tobacco products - known as 'plain packaging' - has been mandatory in Australia. This paper evaluates the preliminary evidence - in the form of ABS household expenditure on tobacco data - to establish whether the policy has been successful. Despite our econometric efforts, the data refused to yield any indication this policy has been successful; there is no empirical evidence to support the notion that the plain packaging policy has resulted in lower household expenditure on tobacco than there otherwise would have been. There is some faint evidence to suggest, ceteris paribus, household expenditure on tobacco increased.
Subject Public Economics- Taxation and Revenue
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