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As an economist, how do you reconcile the emphasis of charity as aid to the poor and disadvantaged, and the free rider problem such an approach necessarily leads to?

Via the state, and progressive taxation, the free rider problem is eliminated, as is, if done correctly, administrative redundancy, another economic ineffiency of the charity approach.

In any event, using the US as an example is basically at best a red herring. Just because the Americans don't know how to do public administration (nor, often, public anything) doesn't mean it cannot be done.

It simply means it cannot be done (and this is essentially for political reasons) in America...

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by r------ on Fri Nov 24th, 2006 at 12:11:46 PM EST
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