A Tall Tale Of Utilitarian Redistribution Theory

You might think that a short academic paper, written in the customary turgid jargon, wouldn't be as funny as an article in, say, The Onion.  If so, you've never read "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward A Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity," published in 1995.

And you've certainly not read this paper, by Harvard economists Greg Mankiw and Matthew Weinzierl, published two weeks ago.

Should tall people pay higher taxes?  The answer might surprise you.

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  1. PLW says

    I think the point is that if you believe in the Utilitarian Criterion for evaluating economic policy, then you should believe in height-based taxation. I think it's more a critique of the UC than an actual policy proposal. Think Swift and eating babies.