Kieran Healy rightly celebrates the award of the economics Nobel to Daniel Kahnemann. He describes it as part of a trend toward giving the prize to somewhat non-mainstream figures, and proposes Albert Hirschman as a worthy candidate. I’d add Tibor Scitovsky to that list. And when are they finally going to get around to Tom Schelling?


Two readers point out what I should have known: Scitovsky died over the summer. That makes him eligible for canonization, but ineligible for the Nobel.

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:

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