Discussion 1.1 - Question: Public policies often alter the...

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Question : Public policies often alter the costs and benefits of private actions. Why is it important for policy makers to consider both the direct and indirect effects of public policies? Answer : When policy makers fail to consider how policies affect incentives, they often end up with unintended consequences because policies tend to change the behavior and rational thinking of the private sector. Question : Select a particular public policy with which you are familiar and discuss two positive and two negative aspects of that policy. What goal do you think the policy makers were trying to achieve in effecting that policy? Do you believe it was successful? Why or why not? Answer : I chose Carrying a Concealed Weapons (CCW) law. This law determines the circumstances by which the private sector is permitted to carry a concealed weapon. Several studies completed by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) conclude that policy makers did not take into account the behavioral change of people when this law was
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2012 for the course ECONOMICS 101 taught by Professor Dr.edmondson during the Spring '11 term at Thomas Edison State.

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