David Seymour evaluates his earlier prediction that ubiquitous smart phones will transform the taxi industry by analyzing the current market and regulatory environment.
David Seymour directed the Frontier Centre’s Saskatchewan office from 2007 to 2011. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Philosophy from the University of Auckland, where he also tutored Economics. After working as an engineer in New Zealand, he applied his passion for sound policy analysis to policy issues on the Prairies. In four years working for the Frontier Centre, David carried out extensive media work, presenting policy analysis through local and national television, newspapers, and radio. His policy columns were published in newspapers in every province as well as the Globe and Mail and the National Post. David produced policy research papers on telecommunications privatization, education, environmental policy, fiscal policy, poverty, and taxi deregulation. However, his major project with the Frontier Centre was the annual Local Government Performance Index (LGPI) which compiled financial performance statistics across all major Canadian cities. David also produced an 18 part video series based on Henry Hazlitt’s classic book Economics in One Lesson and wrote the book “Birth of a Boom – Saskatchewan’s Dawning Golden Age” in 2011.
Research by David Seymour
A global snapshot of housing affordability shows that local governments face a choice about land use regulations and housing affordability.
Canadian Housing Affordability in One Page: Vancouver Housing Affordability: Second Worst in the English Speaking World
A one page look at housing affordability across 35 Canadian markets according to the 8th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability survey.
The Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey is the widest measure of global housing affordability. It reveals the affordability of housing in 35 Canadian markets as well as 290 other markets in six other countries.
A Snapshot of Property Rights Protection in Canada After 10 years
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Transport Engineer Sturat Donovan on the troubles with light rail.
Ronald Coase, Gordon Moore, and your Career: “Moore” communication technology means smaller organisations.
Communication technology is ever growing, and this will continue to mean that smaller organisations and individuals can more effectively collaborate without the need to be ensconced in large companies.
We answer a critical letter in the National Post.
No Need to Regulate High-Tech Taxis: Technology will eventually make Toronto’s taxi troubles quaint.
New software to be used with smart phones is poised to revolutionise the traditional taxi industry.
The End of Taxi Regulation: The advent of ubiquitous smart phones will be the undoing of conventional taxi regulation.
Ever-present smart phones are poised to transform the traditional taxi industry and rattle the regulations that currently govern it.
Whither Taxi Regulation: Why GPS-enabled smartphones will send traditional taxi regulation the way of the dodo.
Smart phones promise to shake up the traditional taxi industry and the regulations governing it by creating a decentralised network of taxi dispatch.
Interview format videos on Hazlitt’s great work.
Moore’s Law, Egypt and Western Liberty: A powerful technological trend may tip the balance of power between individuals and the state.
The exponential growth in available computer power is bad news for central planners and good news for individuals who desire greater freedom from the state.