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Thursday, May 28, 2009

The economic consequences of luggage

Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek has an amazing mind. He sees the economic consequences in everything:

I'm on the road today. As I checked out of my hotel room -- rolling my suitcase behind me -- I wondered how many bellmen jobs were destroyed by the innovation that put wheels on luggage.
Boudreaux misses the obvious policy implications. Simply pass federal legislation banning all roller bags. Imagine the economic stimulus we'd create when all those bellmen jobs come back. It certainly makes as much sense as mandating paid vacation.

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