My bloggingheads debut with Megan McArdle

Efficient markets, guns, crime, drugs, and luxury fever.

My first episode of bloggingheads is up. I’m paired with Megan McArdle. We talk about drugs, crime, guns, efficient markets, and luxury fever.

Watching it, I learned that:

1. Megan is an extremely good interviewer.

2. When I concentrate, I tend to frown. Smiling is better.

3. I talk too fast.

4. I talk too much.

5. When I stop talking, Megan generally says something worth hearing.

Right. No surprises there. (One silly mistake, where I say “homicide” instead of “suicide,” thus reducing the whole argument I’m trying to make to complete incoherence.) There were some good passages, though.

It’s a weird experience, talking to a screen that shows your own face but not the face of the person you’re interacting with, and I was pretty uncomfortable. I’ll do better next time, coach.

“Next time” is likely to be with my old friend and colleague Glenn Loury. We’ll be talking about crime and drugs, especially as they interact with race. Not to hold you in suspense: Glenn is way smarter than I am, but I’m going to try to convince him that the problem is a tragedy rather than a melodrama. Since Glenn is less attached to his his opinions than just about anyone I know &#8212 he gets very close to the ideal of not caring at all how nearly the conclusion that emerges from a discussion resembles the position he started out with &#8212 I’m giving myself pretty good odds.

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: