Homer Versus Lisa and the 8th Commandment

Media Type: TV Clips Topic: Incentives, The Firm

The Simpsons

Homer learns that he can acquire illegal cable for a $50 fee. Since the cable is illegally installed there is a one time fixed cost (the $50) but no monthly bill, so the variable cost, or marginal cost, of receiving the cable is $0 each month. Since the Simpsons love all the programming, the decision makes them happier, until Lisa reminds them about the 8th commandment, thou shall not steal, and they eventually beg Homer to cut the cable. This is provocative scene about the incentives that drive some people to steal instead of making legal purchases.

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