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Monday, July 04, 2005

Freakononomics

La popularidad del excelente libro de Levitt y Dubner me ha sorprendido. Quién hubiera pensado que llevara a sus autores a los principales talk shows de Estados Unidos incluido el excelente "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart".

El blog Freaknomics tiene varias muestras más de las controversiales y sorpresivas recomendaciones de Steven Levitt:

Freakonomics: "Chicago police borrow a page from Freakonomics
By Steven D. Levitt
In Freakonomics, we talk about how some of the most powerful incentives are social, not financial. One example we give is posting the pictures of people caught soliciting prostitutes on the web. How appropriate that the following story appeared recently in the Chicago Tribune:

(It was long, so I edited out parts. You can see the whole article here at least for a while.)


Web site puts `johns' on the spot
City anti-prostitution plan unfair, critics say

By Gary Washburn and Charles Sheehan
Tribune staff reporters
Published June 22, 2005


People seeking prostitutes in Chicago already face arrest and impoundment of their cars if they are caught, but now they risk something else: public embarrassment on a city Web site.

The city has begun posting the names and photographs of alleged 'johns' on the Police Department's Web site for all to see, including spouses, children, employers, friends and neighbors, Mayor Richard Daley announced Tuesday.

'I don't have to tell anyone how fast information travels on the Internet,' Daley said.

'Its victims are, first of all, the prostitutes themselves,' Daley said. 'It is estimated that between 16,000 and 25,000 women are involved in prostitution in Chicago over the course of a year. Most of them were victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence from a very young age.

'Once they become prostitutes, they're subject to even more violence, abuse and possible death from their pimps and their customers. They spend their lives surrounded by criminals and drugs and [are] vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases.'

The names and partial addresses of 21 people, along with police photographs of 20 of them"