May 03, 2006
Poor Incentive Systems
There's no such thing as a free tax cut.
Case 1: Housing prices. Studies have indicated that high housing prices are mostly due to regulation restricting supply. And it should be no suprise why. If most voters in a region are homeowners, then they will tend to vote for regulations and officials who will make it hard to build new homes, as this will increase the value of their homes. This is especially true if demand in the area is inelastic, perhaps due to unique features - say: LA, Silicon Valley, Manhattan and Hawaii, which means prospective buyers can’t just substitute homes in other areas.
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