Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Greg Mankiw's jury duty

Greg Mankiw wonders why he was kicked off a jury by one of the lawyers in a medical malpractice lawsuit. "Why does being a professor of economics at Harvard make one an undesirable juror in such a case?" he asks.

I have another theory. Perhaps it was this quote from 2005:
Greg Mankiw, the administration's chief economist, noted in early December: "The president's economic agenda involves removing obstacles to growth. One such obstacle is the considerable burden placed on everyone by excessive lawsuits."
The President's economic policies are precisely aimed at encouraging businesses to expand and create jobs in the United States. In addition to the tax cuts, he wants to reduce the burden of frivolous lawsuits, contain the growth of health costs...
Lawyers have Google too, you know.

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