[h=1]Should We Tax People for Being Annoying?[/h] http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/magazine/should-we-tax-people-for-being-annoying.html?hp&_r=0 This is how economists think, anyway. And thatâ€™s why a majority of them support some form of Pigovian tax, named after Alfred Pigou, the early-20th-century British economist. Pigou developed the idea of externalities: the things we do that affect others and that the market is unable to price. A negative externality is like the national equivalent of what happens when you go to dinner with three friends and, knowing that youâ€™ll pay only a fourth of the bill, decide to order an expensive entree. Pigou argued that there are so many damaging things that we do â€” play music too loudly, drive aggressively â€” and that weâ€™d probably do less if we had to pay for them. Schmoopy would be broke, ok broker.