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With no end to the obesity epidemic in sight, several states and cities--most notably New York City--have proposed soda taxes on sugar-sweetened soda and other beverages. Their argument is that adding a penny or two per ounce would induce teenagers and adults to cut back on calories and therefore lose weight. Opponents fear that consumers would just get the same calories somewhere else. At this conference, experts John E. Calfee of AEI and Jamie Chriqui of the University of Illinois at Chicago will analyze the evidence on soda taxes and other measures, such as encouraging more exercise in schools. AEI scholar Kenneth P. Green will moderate.