Posts by Tom Goodfellow

Tom Goodfellow, Associate Fellow, SPERI, & Lecturer in Urban Studies and International Development, University of Sheffield

The UK is sinking deeper into property inequality – here’s why

Tom Goodfellow

In the UK and in developing countries enormous wealth is generated from property. New approaches and action is needed to value and tax property wealth Outrage has been mounting over the untaxed incomes of the global elite, foreign ownership of urban land and soaring rents in the private rental sector.  Much of this boils down to two key matters: who owns property, and how they are … Continue reading

23 September 2016 by Tom Goodfellow
Categories: Inequality, SPERI Comment, Tax Tags: , , ,

Property taxes, public services and wealth

Tom Goodfellow

Placing property taxation, redistribution and social justice in an ethical context Two weeks ago I was in Addis Ababa at a conference on taxation and development. Unexciting as this might sound to many, questions of tax strike at the heart of social justice.  Why else do many in Britain and elsewhere get so enraged about the existence of tax havens … Continue reading

24 February 2016 by Tom Goodfellow
Categories: Development, Economics, Inequality, SPERI Comment, Sustainability, Tax Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Land leasing vs property tax?

Tom Goodfellow

African governments, and their international advisors, need to join up their thinking more effectively when pursuing ‘big urban reform’ Tax is back in fashion in international development circles.  We know that in the history of much of the world developing taxation systems was virtually synonymous with state-building; we believe that taxation enhances accountability and builds the ‘social contract’; and consequently … Continue reading

14 July 2015 by Tom Goodfellow
Categories: Development, Economics, Global South, Inequality, SPERI Comment, Tax Tags: , , , ,