Ronan Lyons's report on Site Value Tax in Ireland is available for download. The report assesses the obstacles to implementing SVT in Ireland and how these can be overcome. It also assesses the revenue potential of the tax and the distribution of land values in Ireland.
Site Value Tax is a tax policy proposed by Smart Taxes Network. It would be an annual charge on zoned land, based on its market value, which would fund government expenditure and encourage productive and sustainable investment. Smart Taxes have created this brochure to offer a clear and simple explanation of what the tax is, how it works and the benefits it offers.
One of the major advantages of Site Value Tax is that it is a powerful way of limiting urban sprawl and encouraging the intensive use of urban land. It’s good, then, to see compact settlement receiving attention as an aspect of sustainability. George Monbiot discusses it in his Guardian column today. [...]
Conor McCabe of Dublin Opinion and Irish Left Review has recently released a book, Sins of the Father: Tracing the decisions that shaped the Irish economy. It looks like an excellent economic history, which will explain how and why our economy, and our economic elites, developed as they did. [...]
Jurgen Habermas has an interesting article which has been reprinted in Social Europe. He assesses the problems of the Eurozone and their basis in the top-down administrative approach taken by European unification. The continued kicking of the economic can down the road is mirrored by the haphazard attitude to political integration.
The Lessons from the Crisis conference was a great success and we’re happy to put the videos online to share it with the world. The videos are arranged by session, morning session, pensions session and afternoon sessions.