Re: Free Re-fills

2000-07-08 Thread michael gilson de lemos

Restaurants of what type and what were their corresponding policies?

Best Regards,
MG
 Is there any logic to whether restaraunts offer free refills for soda
 drinks?
 
 I've observed one street alone among  three restaraunts 




Re: Free Re-fills

2000-07-08 Thread Bryan Caplan

Related question: Why no free re-fills in Europe?
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   what it is to see, to hear, to remember, to judge?  Yet it is
   the most difficult thing in the world to define these 
   operations according to the rules of logical definition.  But
   it is not more difficult than it is useless.  Sometimes
   philosophers attempt to define them; but, if we examine their
   definitions, we shall find that they amount to no more than
   giving one synonymous word for another, and commonly a worse
   for a better."
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Re: Free Re-fills

2000-07-08 Thread Pierre Lemieux

At 21:16 00-07-08, you wrote:
Related question: Why no free re-fills in
Europe?
-- 
It depends what you re-fill. If you have dinner in a Paris Bistrot
roman (a chain of upper middle class fast food) and you take the
smoked salmon, they will re-fill you as much as you want. Same with their
chocolate pudding. If my previous hypethesis is true, this would mean
that there is, in Paris, a large clientèle with an elastic demand for
smoked salmon, and a small clientèle with a low, non-elastic demand. You
want to price discriminate against the former, but not chase away the
latter.

Interestingly, the Bistrot romain serves very thin slices of smoked
salmon, which they re-fill at will. There is no point to give customers
more than they would be willing to pay for.



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Economists and broken things

2000-07-08 Thread Pierre Lemieux
I am not sure this is proper on this serious list, but here
are a couple replies (including by economists of two different schools)
to the popular saying: If it ain't broken, don't fix
it.

Calvinist: There is no such thing as a non-broken
thing.

Epicurean: It is too much trouble fixing it.

PC: If they aren't broken, don't fix them.

Businessman: It depends on the subsidy.

Public-school non graduate: Without no broken thing, you
motherfucker!

Randian: A broken think is a broken thing.

Neoclassical economist: It ain't broken!

Austrian economist: Being broken is a discovery
process.

Sociologist: It is broken.

Politician: If it ain't fixed, don't break it.

Government bureaucrat: Fix it.




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Research Fellow, Independent Institute
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L'homme vivant sous la servitude des lois prend 
sans s'en douter une âme d'esclave. 
The man who lives under the servitude of laws takes, 
without suspecting it, the soul of a slave. 
(Georges Ripert, Le Déclin du Droit, Paris, Librairie 
Générale de Droit et de Jurisprudence, 1949, p. 94) 

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