Rochester Economist Apologizes for Blog Post That Many Misunderstood

After a hypothetical question about rape that he raised in a blog post last month went viral and drew scathing responses, a University of Rochester economist, Steven Landsburg, released a statement on Friday apologizing for the post.

I am both sad and sorry that my recent blog post has distressed so many people so deeply, both on campus and off. I am particularly sad because many readers got the impression that I was endorsing rape, while my intent was to say exactly the opposite—namely that the horror of rape is so great that we should rethink accepted principles of policy analysis that might sometimes minimize that horror. This is not the place to rehash those issues, but interested readers might want to look at the follow-up post, where I tried to say things more clearly. I very much wish I’d said them more clearly in the first place, and I do very much regret having caused any unnecessary offense.”

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