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Dear Boston Globe: Rickshaws Create Jobs Too

24 February 2009

 

Editor, Boston Globe

 

Dear Editor:

24 February 2009

 

Editor, Boston Globe

 

Dear Editor:

 

Derrick Z. Jackson reasons that among mass transit's benefits is the fact that, dollar for dollar, its provision requires more workers than do investments in the auto, oil, coal, and gas industries ("The transformation of transportation," Feb. 24).  Mr. Jackson's reasoning is flawed.

 

The number of workers required to supply a good or service is not a benefit of that good or service; it's a cost. Societies become more prosperous only as they succeed in using fewer workers and other inputs to supply any given amount of output. Only then are inputs made available to produce outputs that otherwise could not be produced.

 

If Mr. Jackson were correct that a project's benefits rise with the number of jobs it creates, then an even better system of public transportation would be rickshaws, for they require one worker for every passenger-ride.

 

Sincerely,

Donald J. Boudreaux

Don Boudreaux is the Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University and a Business & Media Institute adviser.