A More Verdant Tax Code

Yoram Bauman, a University of Washington economist and standup comedian, thinks we’ve got the tax system upside down and backwards. We tax things we want more of, such as paychecks and enterprise, not things we want less of, such as pollution and resource depletion. Doing the opposite would yield double dividends: cleaner air and flusher bank accounts.

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Yoram Bauman has a BA in mathematics from Reed College and a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, where he currently teaches in the UW environmental studies program. His research focuses on the economics of climate change, and he spends time campaigning for environmental tax reform. In 2011, he spent five months in Beijing as a visiting scholar at the University of International Business and Economics.

In addition to teaching and conducting research, Bauman performs regularly at colleges, companies, and comedy clubs as “the world’s first and only stand-up economist”. He has appeared in TIME Magazine, on PBS and NPR, and on YouTube, where his videos have over a million hits. Bauman is the co-author of The Cartoon Introduction to Economics and The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change.