Jamie Whyte appears on BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze

Jamie Whyte, Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze to discuss the morality of the public sector.

In the interview Jamie argues that there’s a great structural superiority to the private sector which is that workers in the private sector are paid by willing customers. People in the public sector are paid through taxes. This doesn’t make the workers themselves more or less moral, but it creates strange incentives on the part of the public sector workers. They don’t need to attend to the preferences of their customers to stay in business. In the private sector if you fail to provide a satisfactory service, you go out of business.

Listen to the full interview here. Jamie’s segment begins at 20.39.