Death, Taxes, and Soccer

On this black armband morning, Joshua and I have written up our death and taxes piece in The Age. It’s exactly as we wrote it, except that the sub-editor apparently thought it would be a good idea to replace “decedents” (dead people) with “descendants” (their kids).

Incidentally, while our study shows an effect of tax changes on death, it has also been found that watching your soccer team get eliminated from the World Cup can lead to an increased risk of a heart attack.

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4 Responses to Death, Taxes, and Soccer

  1. derrida derider says:

    Serves you right for using such a fancy word in an Op-Ed. But its still a good par.

    Poll taxes are often supposed to be the only non-distorting tax, but even they bias the choice between life and death. At the margin they make suicide more attractive (of course as Maggie Thatcher found they can also be suicidal for the taxer too).

  2. RJ Reid says:

    Death duties were abolished in Australia on 1st January 1978
    after a federal election in December 1977 not 1st July 1978
    as stated in The Age 27th June 2006.

  3. Patrick says:

    More evidence for my theory that the Age doesn’t have a literate staff-member left 🙂

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