Episode 43 – How New Jersey gas pumping laws distort the market

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For most of the country, buying gas for your car involves driving up to a gas station, getting out of your car, and operating the pump.  There may be a few full-service gas stations left here and there, but they are largely a thing of the past—unless you live in New Jersey or Oregon.  In these two states, it is illegal to pump your own gas.  Stations are required by law to have attendants pump gas for you.  Some people laud it as a way to create jobs.  But government tends to create many more problems than it solves, so are the distortions in the market that it creates worth the jobs?

Would self-serve gas pumps in New Jersey kill jobs?

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