University of Rochester

Steven Landsburg Issues a Statement On Controversial Remarks

April 5, 2013

Steven Landsburg, professor of economics at the University of Rochester, has issued a statement about comments he made in a recent blog post, which were reported widely in media outlets:

"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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