Incentive management

I’m delighted that the Republicans have decided that teenage girls who get pregnant shouldn’t be treated like dirt. Of course if Bristol Palin’s mom is on the ticket Bristol belongs on the podium with her mom, pregnant or not. But I’m a little less clear on the concept that a guy who gets his teenage girlfriend knocked up ought to get a handshake from a Presidential candidate as a reward.


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: