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Prohibition, Mandating “Ethical” Compliance, and Data Quality

February 20, 2012 by · Comments Off on Prohibition, Mandating “Ethical” Compliance, and Data Quality
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I just finished reading a very interesting book on the evolution of Prohibition in the US in the mid-late 1800s and early 1900s. The book, “Last Call” by Daniel Okrent, followed the temperance movement that started with a bunch of men pledging to stop drinking through its alignment with the women’s suffrage movement, to the passage of the Prohibition amendment, followed by its eventual repeal. One revelation to me was that , according to the author, the political processes that enabled the passage of prohibition essentially created the modern methods of political lobbying, the ability of minority parties to significantly sway majority rule, and (when push comes to shove) that when you mandate behavioral changes, you probably should have four things in mind:

  1. Your value proposition must be appealing enough to convince those you are trying to regulate that it is in their best interests to comply;
  2. You should ensure that you have adequate resources for inspection, monitoring, and enforcement;
  3. You don’t allow so many loopholes that enable the ad hoc creation of classes or parties who can blatantly evade compliance; and
  4. You don’t reward illicit behavior. Read more