The TSA Is Killing Us, Or So Says Matthew Yglesias

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The TSA Is Killing Us, Or So Says Matthew Yglesias

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1Bretzky1
Editat: nov. 27, 2012, 8:39am

Matthew Yglesias has a good post on his Moneybox blog about the possible effects that increased airport security has had on traffic deaths in the US. Namely, Yglesias contends that it is likely that the onerous security measures instituted by TSA have actually cost more lives than they've saved because they've caused more people to drive than otherwise would have and driving is immensely more dangerous than flying, even considering the possible threat of terrorist attacks on airplanes.

Beyond just this issue, this is a good example of how governments perhaps do not fully consider the ramifications of their regulations when they implement them. This is why regulatory agencies should be required to do cost-benefit analyses before they enact any new rules, even if it's just something of a crude lives cost versus lives saved analysis. Better yet, there should be an independent regulatory agency whose sole job is to do this type of analysis for every regulation or rule that has been proposed. OIRA performs something like this function, but its job is more like regulatory coordination than regulatory justification.

2Carnophile
des. 15, 2012, 8:02pm

governments perhaps do not fully consider the ramifications of their regulations when they implement them

“Perhaps”?!

3quartzite
des. 17, 2012, 11:27pm

Governments also respond to their constituents-- people worry much more about air accidents and threats to flights than they do about car accidents.

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