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Systems and incentives

I find it interesting that to fix an issue you sometimes have to embrace it. Instead of prohibiting narcotics, which increases the amount of illegal drug sales, government legalizes it and the black market shrinks. If a government wants its citizens to have more children, instead of prohibiting abortions which increases the amount of them done secretly which in its turn increases mothers’ mortality rates, it provides sexual education and free contraceptives, and in a decade or so people realize they are in a good climate for building healthy families. My takeaway is that with every decision affecting other people, always consider bad actors and what you’re going to do about their behavior. Another takeaway is that the bigger the amount of people you’re affecting with the decision, the more clear boundaries and explicitly incentivized systems should be put in place.

Last edited on Sep 24, 2019