The natural rebelliousness of teenagers comes out in scarcity games as parents restricting what their children actually cause them to rebel.'Don't you dare take those drugs' may actually be the wrong thing to say, particularly if the child has a contrarian preference.If something is not scarce, then it is not desired or valued that much.Praises from a teacher who seldom praises are valued more than praises from a teacher who is liberal with his or her praise. As something becomes more scarce or less scarce, the desire for it does not change in a proportionate way.In this letter, Waldegrave provides a minimax mixed strategy solution to a two-person version of the card game le Her, and the problem is now known as Waldegrave problem.James Madison made what we now recognize as a game-theoretic analysis of the ways states can be expected to behave under different systems of taxation.If everything is scarce, then scarcity itself lacks its value and people become too used to it. Scarcity is a principle known by all retailers who milk it right down to the last drop.
If something is difficult to get, then getting it demonstrates to ourselves and others that we are in control of our environment.
A shortage of anything sends people scurrying to the shops to stock up (often fueling the shortage and keeping the spiral going). When we realize that we do not have something, we desire it. Just telling someone that they should not do something makes it more desirable. Music which is banned on radio stations shoots up the charts.
When 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' was first published it got banned. Competition uses the scarcity principle, as only one person or team can win.
This game continues in other forms as we grow to adulthood, and telling people not do to things perpetuates the 'banned substances' game.
You can ration pretty much anything, including goods, time, attention, friendliness, agreement and so on.