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The 'Unintended Consequences' Game

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  • Martin Shubik

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A simple consideration of history tells us that each new piece of legislation contains loopholes that benefit a new class of entrepreneurs; some of these loopholes are small, but others are such that one could drive a bullion-laden truck through them. In this new Policy Note, Martin Shubik suggests creating a “war gaming group” to stress-test all major new legislation, with a first prize of $1 million to be awarded to the competing lawyer or team of lawyers who finds the most egregious loophole—a small amount relative to the potential savings.

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Paper provided by Levy Economics Institute in its series Economics Policy Note Archive with number 09-6.

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Date of creation: Apr 2009
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Handle: RePEc:lev:levypn:09-6

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