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February 17, 2004
Economists think about Spam
Alex Tabarrok probably thinks that this idea is original.
The problem of spam is really a negative externality generated by the people who actually buy the products spammers offer. Thus, I suggest sending out fake spam and prominently posting the names of all those who respond
The idea of punishing people who respond to spam, and therefore help keep spammers in business, was proposed by Allan Wastler as the idiot tax
But the first known proposal of this sort was made right here, by yours truly.
What I propose is that any American who makes a purchase based on unsolicited email be fined $10,000 and jailed for 30 days.
Great minds (and economists) think alike.
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