This story is a great example of how institutions can shape incentives, in order to change outcomes.I guess it shows that the women really wanted the road paved! However it does seem a strange way of going about getting it. The longer the strike went on the higher the costs on all parties, which makes maintaining the strike that much more difficult.
The women of Barbacoas, Colombia have ended a three-month, 19-day “crossed legs” strike of sexual abstinence aimed at getting a road to their isolated town paved, after officials pledged to invest in the project.The money quote is:
“The men’s first reaction was laughter, because they found the way we were protesting very curious,” Silva said.
Then reality set in, and work on the road finally began last week as the government had promised.
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Incentives matter: roading file
Thanks to Matt Nolan at the TVHE blog for this one: