Category: Property rights

The cloud of title: Part 2, the Established Doctrine

11 December, 2017 (09:00) | blockchain, encryption, Government, Housing, Innovations, Property rights, Real estate, Speculation, Title, title insurance | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   In the previous Part 1, our examination of the novel concept of using blockchain technology – cloud-based encryption, storage, and potentially universal access to discrete and permanent numerical information, such as of financial transactions – using as our source text The three stages […]

The cloud of title: Part 1, the Necessary Beliefs

4 December, 2017 (09:00) | blockchain, encryption, Government, Housing, Innovation, Property rights, Real estate, Speculation, Title, title insurance | No comments

By: David A. Smith   Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke, 1962   I’ll show you a verified transaction, big boy   This year’s It Girl, at least in the rich-geek circles of disruptive financial technology circles, is the blockchain.  Like previous tech-related It Girls before it (Theranos, anyone? […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 5, A free market for rural property

25 April, 2016 (11:19) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Land, Markets, pilot programs, Property rights, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By: David A. Smith   By now in this post it should be apparent, even working with the limited information presented by the useful survey article in the Economist (March 26, 2016), that the urban reforms launched by Bo […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 4, One of the party’s obsessions

22 April, 2016 (10:00) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Land, Markets, pilot programs, Property rights, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By: David A. Smith   In yesterday’s part 3, we established that while Bo Xilai’s red star was still rising in Chongqing, he initiated a comprehensive urbanization reform program with three parts.   Point 1, reform hukou.  Point 2, deliver affordable […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 3, Offered urban hukou

21 April, 2016 (10:00) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Markets, pilot programs, Property rights, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, Bo Xilai’s assumption of control over Chongqing municipality was certainly eventful: in barely five years he inaugurated the largest anti-corruption trials in China’s history, swept into jail many people who thought themselves untouchable, introduced a […]