As pessoas que vivem longe dos empregos não avaliam, subjectivamente, de modo correcto os custos pessoais efectivos em que incorrem por esse facto: "People usually overestimate [a investigação demonstraria isso] the value of the things they'll obtain by commuting -- more money, more material goods, more prestige -- and underestimate the benefit of what they are losing: social connections, hobbies, and health." Isto tem implicações mais latas (ver o meu bold na citação abaixo).
Ezra Klein, do American Prospect, comenta-o, aqui, do seguinte modo: "Longtime readers know my obsession with the way we overvalue positional goods like money, prestige, and real estate and undervalue non-positional goods like social connections, walking to work, and health. But the evidence really is clear that you need to make a whole dump truck of money to outweigh the happiness offered by being only a 15 minute stroll from the office, and that that extra room for your old guitars isn't going to make you nearly as ecstatic as you think it will."
Questão para referência futura.