Great Coase Theorem Distillation

“The pollution problem is always seen as someone who was doing something bad that has to be stopped. To me, pollution is doing something bad and good. People don’t pollute because they like polluting. They do it because it’s a cheaper way of producing something else. The cheaper way of producing something else is the good; the loss in value that you get from the pollution is the bad. You’ve got to compare the two. That’s the way to look at it. It isn’t the way that people today look at it. They think zero pollution is the best situation.”

From a Reason interview with the man himself.

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