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The Center for the Study of Economics (CSE) is a 501 (c)3 organization. Our mission is to assist governments in evaluating current property tax policy compared to implementation of a land value tax (LVT) to determine which policy would work best in meeting economic development goals.
 
Mission: To research land value taxation, to assist governments in implementation, and to study the effect of land based property taxation where used. We suggest implementation where appropriate but do not support political candidates or become involved in the electoral process.
 
Additionally, CSE gathers and disseminates articles, studies and monographs on the subject of land based taxation. We believe that taxation of labor and capital in urban areas is one the driving forces to the contraction and decay of our cities.
 
Although not the only solution, rational taxation of immovable property (land) can be a major tool for strengthening the development market in cities, reduce taxes for productive citizens and businesses and provide a progressive fair and equitable source of public revenue.
 
Board of Directors
Joseph Casey - President 
Frank Mastalski -  Vice-President
Nicholas Rosen - Treasurer 
 
Our Team
Josh is an advocate for an innovative system of land taxation that encourages urban development and discourages urban disinvestment. Although considered too bold and controversial for some, experience in Pennsylvania and Maryland has shown that the land value taxation system typically lowers property taxes on homeowners and vastly increases new construction and infill construction in urban areas. Vincent writes and lectures extensively on this topic. Joshua has worked as a consultant to more than 75 municipalities, countries, NGOs and national governments.  In this role, he works with tax departments and elected officials in restructuring their taxation to a land-based system and conducted over 50 land value impact studies for cities across the United States since 2000. 
 
Barbara G. Maloney, COO  Barbara has a proven track record in shaping organizaional performance to meet business/municipality/community group needs. Her salient contributions to profitability, cost control, process optimization, client satisfaction and service delivery to the Center ensure higher than average reporting for our clients. barbara@urbantools.org
 
Steven B. Cord, PhD, Research Director
Steven Cord, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University Pennsylvania is the only winner of 2 university-wide research award. Dr. Cord can be reached at stevencord2000@yahoo.com
 
 
History: The Center for the Study of Economics is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational foundation established in 1980. We were founded are the sister organization of the Henry George Foundation of America a 501 c (4) non-profit foundation, founded in 1926 by some of the leading Progressive Democrats in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Mayors Scully and McNair, City Assessor Percy Williams, State Senator and Allegheny County Democratic Chairman Bernard B. McGinnis, and Councilman George Evans (driving force behind Buhl Planetarium). Its national office is now located in Philadelphia, in the house where Henry George was born.