A Day in the Life of Homo Economicus

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Paul Schwennesen

“There are four of us, standing self-consciously at an airport jetway, waiting for the ticket agent to finish printing our travel certificates. We chat and joke, as perfect strangers sometimes will, newly united in a little drama of our own making. The flight, you see, was overbooked. And we were the few, the four lucky few, to be ‘deplaned,’ allowing the rest of the passengers to wing their way toward their days’ uninterrupted plans. This is not a story of noble sacrifice for the collective, of course. We are chatting and joking happily because each of us is now $1,200 richer …” (03/03/23)