Giving Away Money Costs More Than You Think

  • Video Recording

People and organizations incur costs when they compete for money that is “given” away. For example, if a college offers a scholarship to the student who writes the best essay on a particular subject, students competing for the scholarship will spend time and resources to create their essays and submit their applications. Although the chosen winner will likely benefit from the prize, the other students who competed for the scholarship and lost also lose the time and money they invested in getting the award. The cumulative sum of the time and effort of all the students together may in fact exceed the monetary value of the award.

uri icon

Duke Faculty Artists/Collaborators

Cited Artists/Collaborators

  • Michael C. Munger

Creation Date

  • February 4, 2013