Markets in everything – Paretian liberal edition

by on December 26, 2006 at 3:08 pm in Current Affairs | Permalink

Male workers who vow to stay away from prostitutes after year-end celebrations in South Korea are to be rewarded.

The Ministry for Gender Equality is offering cash to
companies whose male employees pledge not to pay for sex after office
parties.

Men are being urged to register on the ministry’s website.  The companies with most pledges will receive a reward.

Note that the vow is awarded, not the abstinence.  The pointer is from Claudio Shikida, Brazilian economist and blogger.

neil December 26, 2006 at 4:03 pm

It seems that the vow is not being rewarded either — the company is being rewarded for having its employees give the vow.

GVV December 26, 2006 at 7:03 pm

There is some connection with social choice theory (the “impossibility of a Paretian liberal” argument of Prof.Sen).If everybody decide not to pay for sex after work,that goes against liberalism.Whether to have paid sex after work has to be decided by the individual worker himself and not by the society like the selection of the colour that has to be painted in your bedroom or the decision to sleep on your belly or back.

Russ R December 27, 2006 at 12:04 pm

Wouldn’t it have been easier to just pay the women to not work that night?

Person December 27, 2006 at 10:10 pm

There is some connection with social choice theory (the “impossibility of a Paretian liberal” argument of Prof.Sen).

I thought so too, because if both Cowen’s Paretial liberal reference and Sen’s “argument” make no sense.

If everybody decide not to pay for sex after work,that goes against liberalism.

No, it doesn’t. That’s a personal decision, not a rights allocation.

cristy December 6, 2009 at 10:01 am

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