Wednesday, April 28, 2010

You are more trustworthy if you are drunk

One advice I give to job market candidates is to make sure they do not drink to much at dinner, or they may say stupid things. It turns out I may be wrong on that one.

Jan Heufer makes the point that being drunk or under the influence of a drug is a very good commitment device if you are trying to show truth telling. He finds that this is a possibly good argument for the legalization of some drug that is not addictive if consumed in moderate quantitites. There is a loss of efficiency because people are sometimes under the influence, but there is a gain because better contracts are written.

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