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queue jumping economy

A queue jumping economy is an economy in which individuals are actively finding ways to get ahead in a manner similar to queue jumping. It's a concept that attempts to explain why some economies grow faster than others and is based on the theory that if on average everyone in a society tries actively to grab opportunities whenever they can, collectively these queue jumping efforts will add up to become a major contribution to the development of the national economy overall. It's so called queue jumping because if everyone stays in line to wait for their turn all the time (like what happens in an orderly society or mature economy), many of the potential developments may never fully materialize. The downside of queue jumping is that if overly done, it can also create traffic jams, leading to lower economic efficiency.

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Jenny Li

A foreign professor shared unpleasant experiences of meeting Chinese people jumping queue. His first unpleasant experience happened in 1980. He planned to send a telegram in the post office. His Chinese said that he could help him send the telegram. But the professor insisted on sending it personally. When he came to the post office, he was surprised because several people surrounded the window and asked to send their telegrams. Then he realized that it was impossible for him to send his telegram. He asked his Chinese friend to do him a favor. No surprise, his Chinese friend made his way to the window and sent his telegram successfully. It’s the first time that the foreign professor experienced the “queue jumping”. His unpleasant another experience happened in 2007. He was waiting for the train at the Jinan Railway Station. When the radio informed the passengers to board the train, people began to elbow their way to the ticket barrier. Everyone had their ticket in hands. The professor couldn’t understand why they jumped the queue.

06:17, 3 December 2013

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