110 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2016 Last revised: 5 Feb 2017
Date Written: January 31, 2017
The existing system of private property interferes with allocative efficiency by giving owners the power to hold out for excessive prices. We propose a remedy in the form of a tax on property, based on the value self-assessed by its owner at intervals, along with a requirement that the owner sell the property to any third party willing to pay a price equal to the self-assessed value. The tax rate would reflect a tradeoff between gains from allocative efficiency and losses to investment efficiency, likely in the range of 5-10% annually for most assets. We discuss the detailed design of this system from an economic and legal perspective.
Keywords: Property, Common Ownership, Investment Incentives, Allocative Efficiency, Spectrum, Domain Names
JEL Classification: B51, C78, D42, D61, D82, K11
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Posner, Eric A. and Weyl, E. Glen, Property Is Only Another Name for Monopoly (January 31, 2017). Journal of Legal Analysis, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2818494 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2818494