The Question of Queues

  • Richard B. McKenzie
  • Gordon Tullock


University of Chicago Professor Gary Becker is our kind of economist. Over his long and illustrious career, he has applied economic reasoning to an ever-expanding range of topics before other economists thought to do so: education, race and gender discrimination, crime, marriage and family, baseball, household production, suicide, altruism, fertility, addiction and habits—and our list is hardly complete.1 He has been a force within the profession to redefine economics not so much by the topics covered (money or markets or business), but as a way of thinking about human behavior. He has coauthored a book with a title that captures the expansive range of his analytics, The Economics of Life. 2


Opportunity Cost Grocery Store Loyal Customer Risk Cost Expect Wait Time 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard B. McKenzie
    • 1
  • Gordon Tullock
    • 2
  1. 1.Paul Merage School of BusinessUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Law & Economics CenterGeorge Mason UniversityArlingtonUSA

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