Friday, June 13, 2008

The Division of the Drive-Through Is Limited by the Extent of the Market

A neat example for all you teachers of economics explaining Smithian division of labor...the Fast Food drive through! I was at the drive through at a Dairy Queen, looking across the street at the McDonalds with two to collect the money the other to deliver the food. Dairy Queen had only one I presume because they seem to have considerably less business than McD's does, and even McD's will close its money collecting window during their slow hours.

If I may recommend, the EconTalk with Mike Munger on the Division of Labour.

1 comment:

Matt E. Ryan said...

Fast food restaurants are just about the best example of division of labor you there; if you're on the west coast, In N Out is the best example even of the fast food places. They have one person during peak hours whose sole job is to announce the order numbers when they're finished.