Begging Regulations from an Economist’s Perspective

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Begging Regulations from an Economist’s Perspective
In modern day society, as in centuries past, some members of the community are better off than others. For some on the lowest end of the socioeconomic spectrum, the only manner in which these individuals can earn money for sustenance living requires that they beg from strangers. While economic theory might suggest that providing these beggars with donations and allowing the practice to remain legal is an irrational decision, one must also take into account the factors that have led to these beggars being forced onto the streets. Under this consideration, it is up to the individual’s free will to decide whether or not to provide alms for these beggars, not government.
Traditional economic...
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.....y their home city. The affluent will be happier with increased cleanliness and the beggars will be able to provide a service in return for the donations from the kind hearted.
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