The price of anarchy – on the roads and in football

Colleagues at the University of Minnesota write:

Skinner, B and Carlin, B (2013) The price of anarchy – on the roads and in football Significance 10(3) pp. 25-30:

“City traffic can sometimes move faster when a road is closed. A football team can sometimes play better without its best player. The two are linked. Anarchy, say Brian Skinner and Brad Carlin, is freedom to be counterproductive.”

[I am not sure I would interpret I-35W as a Braess’s paradox example, strictly speaking it fails the test, but its advantages were a lot less than might have been thought, and certainly many people were worse off after it opened, if not overall. The general analogy to sports is interesting though.]