week 11 discussion economics

Did economics teach me that?

At the beginning of the class I told you that economics would teach you how to think, not what to think. Here is a chance for you to demonstrate what you learned about economic analysis.

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Two of the main topics we studied in this economics class were opportunity cost and incentives. Choose one of the two topics below and respond to the questions.

  1. The humorist, P.J. O’Rourke, said (tongue in cheek) that if we want to stop drivers from tailgating we should weld 6” steel spikes in the center of steering wheels pointing back at the driver.
    • Why does he think this would reduce tailgating?
    • Is his analysis based on opportunity cost or incentives? Explain.
  2. Someone once said that economics tells us that disease should not be 100% eliminated from the earth.
    • Why would anyone think that disease should not be completely eliminated?
    • Is this analysis based on opportunity cost or incentives? Explain.
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