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It still looks likes an accountant's solution, not a real world one.

The key question - does using money, scrip, or some other form of accounting make it easier or harder to find a baby sitter when you need one?

The original experiment proves that money is the problem, it does not solve the problem. Money is not a solution - and making the accounting more baroque in an attempt to compel participants to behave in the required way is not any more of a solution.

Notice what you're doing here - you're attempting to impose, or at least design, a system of exchange which forces a desired social result.

This is no different in principle to fiat banking, which uses financial engineering for political ends.

Note also that in other cultures with other rules the problem is already solved. And that in this culture a non-monetary solution - such as better communication between participants - is more likely to work than pseudo-finance.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Nov 16th, 2009 at 12:17:17 PM EST
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