MSN Nederland: Regelmatig gaan in ons land stemmen op om een vlaktaks in te voeren, vooral de rechtse partijen zijn hier voorstander van. Bij een vlaktaks betaalt iedereen hetzelfde percentage belasting over zijn inkomen. In Nederland kennen we juist een progressief belastingstelsel waarbij het relatieve tarief hoger wordt naarmate het More
The Huffington Post: Detractors of Warren Buffett take note: The more a country taxes its richest citizens, the happier everyone in that country will be. Such are the findings of a new study, led by University of Virginia psychologist Shigehiro Oishi, which compares 54 different countries and finds a correlation More
The way some people talk, you’d think that a flat tax system—in which everyone pays at the same rate regardless of income—would make citizens feel better than more progressive taxation, where wealthier people are taxed at higher rates. Indeed, the U.S. has been diminishing progressivity of its tax structure for More
The Guardian: The last few weeks have been truly terrible ones for the financial markets. But that’s just another way of saying they have been excellent weeks for the British blog Brokers With Hands On Their Faces, and its American cousin Sad Guys On Trading Floors, both of which exist More
Pretty much everybody thinks they’re better than average. But in some cultures, people are more self-aggrandizing than in others. Until now, national differences in “self-enhancement” have been chalked up to an East-West individualism-versus-collectivism divide. In the West, where people value independence, personal success, and uniqueness, psychologists have said, self-inflation is More
The Wall Street Journal: In recent years, economists and psychologists have joined forces to unravel the secrets of human happiness. “The Happiness Equation” is one researcher’s attempt to share his field’s discoveries with a broad audience. Nick Powdthavee, an economist at the University of York, deftly explains the main determinants More
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