Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dead(Dog)weight Loss

From Time:
Pierre-Alain Némitz said he's been overwhelmed by insults and threats since the Reconvilier municipal council he heads informed residents in late December they risked seeing their dogs killed if they don't pay the $48.50 annual tax the village levies per pooch.
Reconviler is a Swiss village.


Matt E. Ryan said...

Interesting strategic move...the credibility will be tough to signal. The harsher the policy, the bigger the onus that it applies to all equally-- and how do you begin to implement this policy? Who is the first that's subject to the punishment? I'd imagine once a few people were rid of their dogs many of the non-payers would jump in line...but ex post, how do you determine who received the brunt of the law to begin at the beginning?

Will Luther said...


One dog, to be determined at random, will die each day until all taxes are paid. (Note that the probability that your dog will be killed necessarily increases each day, as the pool of dogs gets smaller both because of the executions and because people remove their dog from the pool at $48.50 a pop--or, should I say "pup"? Har har har.)

Good luck getting reelected...

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