Posts Tagged ‘unintended consequences’

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    A Fine That Backfired

    May 5, 12 • 435 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes, deterrents won’t work. Our story begins at several Israeli day-care centers. Because some parents were picking up their children after dismissal time, two economists suggested a fine. To their surprise, the number of latecomers more than...  [read more]

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    Government Guidelines and Unintended Consequences

    Apr 4, 12 • 405 Views • 2 Comments

    Sometimes government guidelines can have unintended consequences. Government travel guidelines: At a networking reception, the General Services Administration spent $1900 on 400 “petit beef Wellington” snacks and $2000 on 400 “mini Monte...  [read more]

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    Tuition Intuition

    Jan 22, 12 • 262 Views • No Comments

    With tuition and student loans skyrocketing, the Obama Administration has urged colleges to charge less and Congress to lower the cap on monthly payments. Maybe though, they are targeting the wrong solution. One Bloomberg View columnist suggests that...  [read more]

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    Bag Wars

    Jan 14, 12 • 434 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes incentives are unpredictable…especially for B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag). A new 5-cent tax on paper and plastic shopping bags in Montgomery County, Maryland is primarily targeting plastic bag use. Fewer plastic bags will mean cleaner local...  [read more]

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    Unintended Tax Consequences

    Aug 6, 11 • 336 Views • No Comments

    Protesting a proposed luxury tax for pet grooming, Chicago’s Soggy Paws canine clients wore signs saying “…please don’t tax my haircut.” The politicians who were hoping for more revenue might have been disappointed. Some...  [read more]