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Review for Center for the Study of Economics, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for the Study of Economics, a national organization, works locally to combat poverty. Most towns and cities lack the money to provide their citizens fully healthy and productive lives. CSE shows how inefficient policies, especially on taxes, rob people of their birthright.

As part of its mission, CSE offers help by studying a municipality's needs and goals, its commerce, and, most important, its buildings, its residences, and its land. When this data is compared with the local fiscal practice, glaring errors are usually found: too much money collected from too many people, not enough from a few people or firms.

The Center for the Study of Economics has lowered poverty in more than 20 municipalities, cutting their taxes on much real estate, while raising them on that which has been underassessed. The aim is to tax the value of local land used for work and for homes at a rate that pays its fair share of the community's benefits and costs, enabllng a better quality of life when many residents get lower tax bills.

The assistance of the Center for the Study of Economics is of high quality, with followup provided when possible. The CSE believes poverty results from policies that can be changed, once the relationship between taxes and land is clear. Shifting taxes so that more come from a municipality's land itself and fewer from its people, houses, and offices or factories can be simple, compared with challenging complex evasions used by those who try to avoid paying their fair share. When evasion succeeds, everyone else loses.

CSE acts locally to help the United Nations reach one of its most vital goals globally--to reduce poverty.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the achievements of CSE at the local level, have worked to educate at national and international levels, and have assisted with publication of books and pamphlets that advocate economic justice through this fiscal reform.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope it finds enough money to expand and promote its mission.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I've worked with several groups that advocate land value tax and have served their umbrella group, the International Union for Land Value Taxation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), as their representative at the United Nations. In particular, I wor.