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Don’t cry for me, Wall Street

By Tom Streithorst  

The outcry at proposals recently floated by FSA chief Lord Turner in Prospect suggests that the City knows they would be effective. The City does not fear “regulation”; regulations can always be circumvented. But a Tobin tax, an infinitesimal levy on all financial transactions, would squash the profitability of much of the short-term trading which swells investment bank profits without doing anything to create value in the real economy.

For the past 30 years, the economics profession has been in the…

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