In this article we explore the complex question of how to ensure that greenspace and other urban amenities will actually benefit the communities to which they are targeted. We will highlight the many benefits of urban greenspace, explore the lesser-known implications for both nearby house prices and the rents faced by tenants, and discuss ways to ensure that the attractive greenspaces are financed by those households who they benefit most while also making sure that vulnerable tenants also share in their many desirable social and environmental outcomes.
I wrote the below article five years ago. Though time has passed, the issue of minimum wage continues to impact our political landscape, our economic landscape and our social landscape. Original article: Minimum wage laws have a superficial appeal, but are much less effective than… Read More »Replace Minimum Wages with the Earned Income Tax Credit
Although the political-economic philosophy of Henry George was once common to most literate people in the western world and even beyond, the past century has seen its resurgence in many quarters. This is due in part to the advent of easier communication through the Internet… Read More »The Basic Fundamentals of Georgism
Why can’t the economy have steady growth and prosperity instead of cyclically falling into recessions and depressions? We can have sustainable growth if we eliminate the cause of the bust. There is one fundamental, though mostly unrecognized, cause of the boom and bust economic cycle:… Read More »How to Prevent the Boom and Bust Cycle
When the public has lost its appetite for the argument that taxing the wealthy is in some way unfair – a claim which, in the midst of a pandemic that has sharply heightened in equality, falls even flatter than usual – the next common retort… Read More »Is it that hard to tax the rich?
Macroeconomics has remained substantially unchanged since 1971 when gold and the dollar were uncoupled. Whether this pivotal change in the early 1970s was the end of economic sanity or the beginning of a great era of prosperity is a matter of opinion. In any case,… Read More »LVT, MMT, UBI & BTC: The Alphabet Soup of Economics
There is little doubt that much of the turbulence and uncertainty in recent politics stems from the financial insecurity Americans are feeling. There are many explanations for this – the uncertainty in the current job market and the dramatic fluctuations in the American economy. One… Read More »Financial insecurity among the Public
A year ago last March, The Atlantic magazine had a short piece pondering what have been the “biggest scandals of all time.” It listed 11, and then invited its readership to submit other suggestions worthy of consideration. Some of the instances were momentary in their… Read More »Economic Corruption as the Greatest Scandal
Who owns all these devices we buy? Who controls them? Who do they control? The Conversation Joshua A.T. Fairfield Is this our relationship to tech companies now? Photo from Queen Mary Master. Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers broke into a… Read More »The ‘Internet of Things’ Is Sending Us Back to the Middle Ages
Ellen MacArthur Foundation May 7 By Jocelyn Blériot, Executive Lead, International Institutions & Governments, Ellen MacArthur Foundation The Covid-19 crisis has disastrous human and economic consequences, revealing our system’s exposure to a variety of risks. The call for a more resilient, circular and low-carbon economic… Read More »The Covid-19 recovery requires a resilient circular economy