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Children’s Leashes – “Parentonomics: An Economist Dad Looks at Parenting” – Joshua Gans

September 24th, 2011 · No Comments · Parenting, Sociology

So why aren’t all children under the age of three required to be on leashes when in public? After all, dogs are.

Indeed, the child (on a leash) is happier than most children their age who are forced to walk around with a hand in the air trying to match their parent’s pace. That is hardly a model of dignity. By contrast, the leashed child has both hands free and can wander ahead, to the side, or behind before being reigned in. It is not a lot of freedom, but it is much more than the average unleashed child enjoys.

A hard-nosed rationalist approach that I can fully endorse!

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