Economics Archives - Page 15 of 15 - Emile Woolf writes

Desperate measures: if it moves, tax it

The purpose of taxation is to pay for the necessary expenditure of government.  Adam Smith spelt out the basics 200 years ago:  the manner in which taxes are raised and spent must be transparent, visible for all to see.   The journey from first principles to contemporary reality leads to a fiscal statute book of […]

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The European Commission must be called to account

The subject of Europe polarises any otherwise rational debate.  Obsessional prejudice, whether pro or con, induces deafness and drives out reason.   More inflammatory even than party politics (where spin and expediency have blunted the ideals), passions over Europe (the Union, not the continent) have taken on the trappings of a belief system, susceptible to […]

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Principled taxation? No – it is not a contradiction in terms

Governments claim to base economic policies on principle, yet results often betray muddled guesswork. Principles have been established for centuries. It is senseless to impose a tax that renders a marginal business unviable – the yield from that business would be zero. Similarly, since tax rates of 0% or 100% yield no revenue it is […]

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Are the numbers verifiable? Two transatlantic papers question the fair value excursion.

My August 2006 article on the IFRS convergence fiasco generated emails indicating that mine is not a lone voice in questioning the direction that financial reporting standards are taking.  I am prompted to revisit the topic from a transatlantic perspective after reading recent papers by Ross L Watts of Sloan School, MIT, and Roy Ball […]

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