Speaker: Professor Robert D. Cairns
Affiliation: McGill University
Location: Room S402, Social Sciences Building (#24), UQ St Lucia Campus


Resource rent is considered a particularly attractive tax base because it is unearned, being a “free gift” of nature, and because, in theory, taxing rent does not induce distortions. Non-marked capital, such as organization and proprietary processing methods, however, is also vital in extraction and is confounded with the resource in producing rent. Given this, the twin objectives of capturing all of resource rent and avoiding distortion are unachievable. Other approaches to taxation are suggested.

About the presenter's visit

Prof Cairns will be visiting the School of Economics for the week of November 7th. While here, he will be using Room 520A, Level 5, Colin Clark Building. If you would like to meet with Prof Cairns, please contact A/Prof Ian Mackenzie who will be his host while at The University of Queensland.

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Social Science Building (#24), UQ St Lucia Campus