Tagged: Gordon Tullock

From coal-tit to cannibalistic spiders - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton May 22, 2015

XKCD's spider explainer has been making the rounds. And one part reminded me of Gordon Tullock.In 2009, the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant found themselves dealing with what they called an "extreme spider situation." An estimated 80 million orb-weaving spiders had colonized the plant, covering every surface with heavy sheets of web.[10] The whole thing is detailed in a fascinating … Read More

Competing for Aid - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 02, 2013

Don't give money to mutilated children if you want to discourage child mutilation. Sounds terrible? It's true. At least in places where it's plausible that money induces mutilation. Gordon Tullock explained the basic principle in his 1967 article, The Welfare Costs of Tariffs, Monopoly and Theft. Where there is some rent available, real resources will be devoted to attracting the … Read More

Local rent creation: alcohol edition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 19, 2013

I'm not sure that Wellington Council, and the other local bodies, are setting out to create rents for property owners in soon-to-be-designated "fun" districts, but that's what they're soon to achieve. The alcohol reform legislation pushed alcohol regulation back to local bodies; local busybodies have consequently gotten busy lobbying local councils to restrict hours of operation and number of … Read More