16.4.04

PEOPLE RESPOND TO INCENTIVES. Interesting reading in today's Northern Star. Above the fold is the headline, Police arrest 3 football players. Each player faces 11 charges of criminal damage to property, involving a tire-slashing spree early in April. Below the fold is a pay raise for the football coach, who received an extension of three years and a $60,000 per year increase, despite no evidence of any external offers from stronger programs.

Compare and contrast these articles with some stories from the Department of Economics, where the university administration did not see fit to make a sufficiently attractive offer to a colleague who received an offer from a slightly better-known economics program, and where the Northern Illinois graduate students can kick back without being tempted to slash tires afterwards.

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