Housing expenditure – overlooked and undertaxed

This is a follow up to an earlier post, Since housing is economically a luxury good, why not tax it more?, where the argument was based on a longitudinal study.  For this I am endebted to @RichGreenhill for pointing me to an ONS spreadsheet showing expenditure by income decile, which can be downloaded here.

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If it wasn’t for the Nimbies inbetween

More evidence that capitalism wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the Nimbies inbetween. This graph from Matthew Rognlie’s paper disaggregating Piketty’s overall story of increasing returns to capital is well known (although not as well known as it should be …) Deciphering the fall and rise in the net capital share But today I… Continue reading If it wasn’t for the Nimbies inbetween

Not replacing Capitalism

This is a comment I made on Paul Mason’s Post Capitalism, with two links to other threads on my local Forum which as of now I do not have time to rescue.  Putting this on my list of things to do …

Grown up anthropology

I’m rescuing this post which I wrote 9th January 2015 from the now restricted access part of my local Forum for the sake of recording my appreciation of anthropology as a subject, having also, more recently, been reading Karen Ho’s ‘Liquidated’, reviewed here by Gillian Tett.  I hope to blog about that sometime. In the… Continue reading Grown up anthropology

Anthropological thinking

I’m rescuing this post from the now restricted access part of my local Forum because it was linked to in this other post about anthropology

Whitehall, City Hall, Localism and The Renaissance of Bogotà

In December 2011 I went to a talk by Professor Alan Gilbert of the UCL Geography Department, about the struggle for good governance in Colombia’s capital city, and posted about it on my local Forum, where the subsequent discussion can still be read.  It had a big impact on my thinking about localism, and I’ve referred back… Continue reading Whitehall, City Hall, Localism and The Renaissance of Bogotà