Aim 1 - comparative
My first aim focuses on simulating the cost-effectiveness of two key policies to address the overconsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in the US: volumetric taxes and front-of-package warning labels.
Some similar work has been done by other groups in the US but two big gaps remain. To date, these policies have not been compared head-to-head using the same simulation modeling framework. There are also gaps in our protocols for assessing the costs of big public health programs and policies - my work aims to include the full range of costs associated with a policy change, including lobbying, litigation, and policymaking.
There are a few parts to this aim:
- reviewing existing SSB simulation models in the US and globally
- creating the base microsimulation model in R
- collating costs across the implementation process