Glenn Loury on affirmative action

In the wake of the Court’s affirmative-action decisions, Glenn Loury reflects on the longer-term agenda of making affirmative action unnecessary by eliminating racial gaps in cognitive skills. Well worth reading.

I haven’t read the opinions, but if the newspapers are (just for this once) to be believed, the Court ruled more or less that affirmative action is okay, for now, as long as it’s done sloppily. Trying to do it precisely, with minimum damage to other goals, is a no-no.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com