My $200,000 Katrina relief plan.

How the dismal science applies to your life.
Sept. 22 2005 7:17 AM

Hurricane Relief? Or a $200,000 Check?

I'd take the check, and so would most of Katrina's victims.

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We probably shouldn't spend this kind of money on New Orleans. But given that we will, it at least makes sense to target it in a way that does the most good for the most afflicted—and that, I suspect, is to hand out cash. The current policy seems to be more along the lines of "Ready! Fire! Aim!"

Steven E. Landsburg is the author, most recently, ofMore Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics. You can e-mail him at armchair@landsburg.com.

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