The Freakonomics blog is now being hosted by the New York Times. It was inevitable.
Anyhow Stephen Dubner has presented a question to this group of notables (for lack of a better word)-Arthur Brooks, Tyler Cowen, Mark Cuban, Barbara Ehrenreich, Nassim Nicholas Taleb:
"You are walking down the street in New York City with $10 of disposable income in your pocket. You come to a corner with a hot dog vendor on one side and a beggar on the other. The beggar looks like he’s been drinking; the hot dog vendor looks like an upstanding citizen. How, if at all, do you distribute the $10 in your pocket, and why?"
I actually give money to panhandlers only if they advertise that they are going to use it for booze. I appreciate their candor.