Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

Media Type: Film Clips Topic: Marginal Thinking, Behavioral Economics

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It’s 2:30 am and Harold and Kumar are at a deserted intersection waiting to cross the road. The “do not walk” sign is lit.  Kumar encourages Harold to walk across anyway.  As soon as Harold steps into the road, a trooper appears out of nowhere and gives him a $220 ticket for jaywalking.

At what point does crossing a street cease to be a problem? Is a ticket justified at 2:30 am, especially since there is no traffic and therefore there is no negative externality caused to motorists? Using this scene is an excellent way to illustrate rational behavior and marginal thinking.

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