Monopoly: The Game of Noncompetition Work

By Gillian O’Malley on March 29, 2017

The minute anyone steps into the Department of Motor Vehicles the instant feeling of exhaustion due to the horrible journey that is about to begin. No matter any day of the week, the DMV always has an incredibly long wait for a task that will take 10 minutes, give or take that the picture taken for your license turns out well. Luckily there has recently been a change, at least within the state of Texas. The “get in line online” option luckily gives people the opportunity to no longer have to wait at the DMV for hours, but the unlucky part about this is that very few people use this utility. Still, causing a trip to the DMV without getting in line online is a 3 hour excursion any day of the week. Charles Wheelan describes how government operations are often portrayed as inefficient due to the lack of incentives. The exact idea of why would someone bother to be friendly or to make the place look comfortable when there is nowhere else to get the good being given is not a priority to government officials because it is not necessary to obtain customers, in this case a driver’s license because people have nowhere else to go. Many countries governments run many sections and businesses of the country, the benefits that would have come from competition between business are lost and the citizens are mad worse off too [1].

The questions stands that why would someone want to live somewhere that someone does not do their best simply because it will not produce more customers? Wheelan continues by making the point that government should not be the sole provider of a good or service or at least demonstrate an effort towards bettering the community [1]. The exact opposite of a monopoly market would be a free market. FedEx and UPS have turned around the idea of a monopoly on a market, causing the government run system to no longer have major control and demonstrating that a private run industry can even do a better job at it. This has caused a push to better the postal service. Now when someone walks into a post office, the employees are much more helpful, started using a self-service system and so forth. Within the 2017 Index of Economic freedom, the United States is ranked 17th being 75% economically free [2]. Lucky enough the United States is considered one of the most economically free but it seems unfair to distance that from the people who do work in monopoly markets. Yes, the United States is nothing like North Korea (4.9% economically free) or Cuba (33.9% economically free) but the fact that our government run monopolies have improvements to come seems perplexing [2]. Is the United States not the land of the free? As of right now Honk Kong can titled as the Most Economically Free Market. It is the American stigma to want to be the best and one would think the United States government would want to make this country the best it possibly can in all forms.

[1] Wheelan, Charles J. Naked economics: Undressing the Dismal Science. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012.

[2] 2017 Index of Economic Freedom. Last modified March 27, 2017.


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