Incentives Matter

Friends,

I am still in the process of ensuring my blog is completely up to date, so if you get a malware warning, don’t click through and just come back later. Apparently, in the past 8 months, WordPress has had some attacks and I gotta learn up.

Anyways, I just got back from watching a pitiful Browns win, having defeated Seattle 6 to 3. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that Phil Dawson — a future Browns hall of famer scored all the points and am mad at the D-Line for allowing Seattle to block his first FG.

The other day I was working a college fair for SLU at Fairfax County’s Hayfield High School. Colleges pay money to be at these college fairs, and they typically provide you dinner as part of it. In the past, it’s been basic cold cuts. Anyone who knows me realizes that I do not like pre-fab sandwiches because of the tomatoes and sauce. They send somebody around to bring the sandwiches to you, and frankly have little incentive to meet peoples’ wants because nobody will refuse to register because the sandwiches suck.

Every year, I only end up eating the chips, cookie, and drink the bottle of water. I never eat the sandwiches at this college fair. I don’t get angry because a.) I am not paying for it and b.) I know I am picky. However, this year was surprising.

Multiple student groups went out and bought a variety of food from restaurants and went around selling it to the college reps. From what I saw, there was Papa John’s Pizza and Chick-Fil-A. It got me thinking about government provided goods and services (like the sandwiches) versus the free market.

Who has the incentive to provide me with what I want? The people who view me as a captive consumer with no other options or the people who take risks and sell their product?

Needless to say, I got Chick-Fil-A and Doritos.

 

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  1. What???? They have capitalists in high school?(I’m assuming that the student groups were from the high school you were at) I’m sure once they go to college that will change.

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