O Intermitente<br> (So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

O Intermitente
(So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

sexta-feira, junho 11, 2004


A maior parte das vezes certas decisões governamentais produzem resultados inesperados. Numa carta à The Economist Johan Norberg conta a história da improvável relação entre o imposto de selo e os "broadsheets" (julgo que em português se chama "formato clássico").

Broadsheets became popular after the Tories introduced a stamp tax in Britain in 1712. This taxed newspapers per sheet of newsprint, so papers were published as single sheets with huge pages.

That it has taken almost 300 years for this traditional size to change is proof of the power of taxes to distort behaviour. An old, stupid tax has made it unavoidable for generations of readers of quality papers to hit fellow passengers when they turn the page on public transport.

posted by Miguel Noronha 11:39 da manhã

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