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Two Show-Me Institute policy analysts, a research assistant, and two interns all head out for a free-market field trip. Shoe shines are a perfect example of how a simple exchange of money and services leaves both parties better off. The man giving the shoe shines trades some of his surplus time and effort in exchange for cash that he can use to buy many other types of goods and services that he may wish to consume. The staff trades some of their cash for a service that adds value to their shoes' appearance, making the footwear more durable and enhancing their professional appearance.

By David Stokes on May 20, 2010

Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst David Stokes speaks about transportation in Missouri at a Show-Me Forum in Columbia on Aug. 3, 2009.