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Tucker

I disagree with your conclusion primarily for one reason- many if not most of the users of intelligence doping are/would be students. We have as a society decided that 17 year olds trying to get ace their SATs, maximize their GPA, and get into elite institutions like the University of Chicago are not capable enough members of society to vote, drink, or similarly smoke cigarettes it is absurd that we would allow them to then make a well informed decision on whether to use drugs to enhance cognitive performance. And where would we draw the line at 18 in which case high school Seniors who are a few months earlier can gain an unfair advantage in grades for the critical first semester of their senior year? At 21 like alcohol? How available would it be? Would the cost give rich students an unfair leg up?

In addition Major League Baseball holds an anti-trust exemption at the pleasure of Congress, which gives Congress every right to investigate how MLB is using that exemption. If MLB as a legally enshrined monopoly is using that monopoly to promote by omission the use of performance enhancing drugs that cause harm to society as a whole then it warrants investigation. In addition the Sports Broadcasting Act gives monopoly rights to sports leagues in order to maximize their exposure. Congress can similarly investigate what the leagues do with that exposure. That said the Clemens hearings were a debacle that Waxman claimed was a result of Clemens personal insistence that he be allowed to speak to the committee on CSPAN. Perhaps baseball would be better without a legal monopoly, but neither Bud Selig nor Congress is willing to give it up.

Jim

The television commercial will be showing someone who doesn't seem quite right doing calculus on a whiteboard and "somewhere over the rainbow" playing gently in the backgroud with the voiceover, "Are you a college professor who needs a temporary lift or just someone with a marginal IQ who is tired of being dimwitted. Ask your doctor about Cogadd, the popular drug that lets you be someone you are not. Be careful not to use Viagra at the same time as Cogadd since the comcomitant increase in cerebral and penile blood flow demands may result in coronary ischemia and death which may limit cognitive activity.

Brn2Run

I think the issue that is not addressed here related to externalities is the health benefits/risks associated with using these enhancing agents. If everyone is smarter now, but has kiney failure and requires dialysis in 10 years, and the cost of my healthcare quadruples, then it is not really harmless. Of course, one of those newly smart people could cure cancer and then be stricken with the renal failure, so measuring the true cost/benefit is difficult. I bet Kevin Muphy could.

matthew

Kevin must not have heard the distress call. Does he respond to the Bat-Signal?

Handmaiden to the Translational Biomedical Sciences

I thought that the reason that Congress investigated whether Clemens was lying was because they had already investigated whether steroids were corrupting baseball, and he had lied about it then, and that the reason that they were investigating whether steroids were corrupting baseball was that they had already granted baseball an antitrust exemption as the National Pastime. The reason that Congress takes an interest in the conduct of baseball unlike the interest that it takes in other businesses is because of the unique place it perceives it to have in the national culture. ¶

Whether the government should take a special interest in culturally special institutions in the first place, and whether baseball qualifies as such an institution in the second place, are questions that elude my meager economics expertise, but perhaps Becker can find an analytic angle here, too. ¶

This post is contra to Becker's statement:

I do not see any reason why governments should be involved in enforcement of any bans imposed by sports leagues, and it was absurd for Congress to hold hearings on whether either Roger Clemons or his former trainer were lying. Governments may be helpful to sports leagues in enforcing their ban by punishing violators, but governments might also be helpful to companies in getting their workers to reduce absenteeism. Still, that is no reason for governments to be punishing workers who do not show up for work because there are no externalities outside the workplace of the individual company or league that warrant government intervention.

dopa

Everyone who is interested in this post should read the milestone paper on addiction and rationality.

http://ideas.repec.org/a/ucp/jpolec/v96y1988i4p675-700.html

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