Category: Real estate taxes

People value a government they pay taxes for: Part 2, The implications

4 March, 2015 (10:00) | Economics, Government, Housing, Lucy Martin, Political theory, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Sub-Saharan Africa, Taxation, Uganda | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In yesterday’s Part 1, we explored a fascinating bit of doctoral research conducted by Lucy Martin designed to test whether people’s sense of unfairness, and willing to act on that unfairness, would change depending on whether the money in question had been received as a grant […]

People value a government they pay taxes for: Part 1, The experiment

3 March, 2015 (10:00) | Economics, Government, Housing, Lucy Martin, Political theory, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Sub-Saharan Africa, Taxation, Uganda | No comments

By: David A. Smith Given that People value only what they pay for is indeed a universal rule, it will have subcases – and one such subcase, striking in its own right and with major implications for the way donors deals with country governments, was highlighted in a recent article in The Economist (February 7, […]

Golf and the romance of pre-urbanized society: Part 6, The idiot and the child

2 February, 2015 (10:00) | Belmont, Golf, Green space, Housing, Land use, Leisure, Milton, Open space, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Transportation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from Friday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   By: David A. Smith Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. John Updike Rabbit, putt Now, after five shots, […]

Golf and the romance of pre-urbanized society: Part 5, Play like a gentleman, and win

30 January, 2015 (10:00) | Belmont, Golf, Green space, Housing, Land use, Leisure, Milton, Open space, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Transportation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By: David A. Smith The object of golf is not just to win. It is to play like a gentleman, and win. Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson winning the Masters In Part 4 of our six-shot hole on golf, we […]

Golf and the romance of pre-urbanized society: Part 4, Total consciousness

29 January, 2015 (09:00) | Belmont, Golf, Green space, Housing, Land use, Leisure, Milton, Open space, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Transportation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith I’m not feeling very well – I need a doctor immediately. Ring the nearest golf course. Groucho Marx Dino, Der Bingle, and Groucho on the course In yesterday’s Part 3, we laid up and approached the curious paradoxes […]