Geo-Rent: A Plea to Public Economists
This paper presents an analysis of what is termed â€œgeo-rent,â€ what the plot-devoid-of-improvements would rent for in an auction. Most of the public finance literature and current thought has disvalued and misunderstood the actual and potential role of land and its rent for public revenue. The qualities of land value that make it a superior source of revenueâ€”having little or no deadweight loss, and capitalizing civic infrastructure and servicesâ€”are recognized but compartmentalized, ignored in the broader policy discussions. That the â€œproducer surplusâ€ is in reality mostly land rent is little recognized. The â€œHenry George Theoremâ€ that rent can optimally equal the cost of public goods is not applied to policy issues. Public finance theorists and economists generally presume that land rent is an insignificant portion of national income, whereas studies have estimated that a substantial portion of government revenue could be obtained from geo-rent. The shunting aside and disparagement of public revenue from geo-rent has distorted economic analysis and contributes to iatrogenic economy-hampering fiscal policy. The paper proposes a broader and more integrated public economics which recognizes the fundamental role of land in economies and fully incorporates the analysis of public revenue from land rent.
Volume (Year): 2 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
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