Kidneys and crime (and rabbis)

Postrel and Kleiman, together again.

My dialogue with Virginia Postrel, mostly about kidney transplants and crime (and partly about crime involving kidney transplants) is now up on Bloggingheads. Virginia has a right to talk, having donated a kidney to our friend Sally Satel.

One of the commenters:

I wanna know if Mark will donate his righteous beard.

It’s a hard question: I look really terrible bare-faced. But yes, I suppose if my brother needed a beard transplant to survive, I’d probably donate.

Fortunately, I don’t have a brother, so the question is unlikely to arise.

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: