The real question that needs to be askedand, so far as I can tell, nobody is asking, or at least not visiblyis an "efficient allocation of resources" question with a time dimension. As simply as I can put it: Is economic growth and efficiency enhanced by a temporal shift in the acceptability of transactions without actually changing the underlying nature of the transactions? I have my doubts. But then, I'm not an economist; and I don't accept "efficient allocation of resources" as the be-all and end-all of a market system, economics in general, or society as a whole. I have this little problem that starts with game theory's "unfavorable excursion" problem and ends with rationalization of the time dimension and intermediate stage results as irrelevant.
I would leave application of this problem to literature and the arts as an exercise for the student if there were any students. But, as nobody appears eager to inquire, I can't assume there are any.