Sunday, 16 January 2000

From "Shrewdly Irrational"

By Robert H. Frank.

We trudge through snowstorms to cast our ballots, even when we are certain our votes will make no difference. We leave tips for waitresses at restaurants in distant cities we will never visit again. We make anonymous contributions to private charities. We often refrain from cheating even when we are sure we would not be caught. We sometimes walk away from profitable transactions whose terms we believe to be "unfair." We endure endless red tape merely to get a $10 refund on a defective product.

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