If Governor Spitzer wanted to have sex with a younger woman then instead of hiring a prostitute he could have gotten a divorce and remarried, just like so many other rich and powerful men.  Or he could have had an affair.  Of these options hiring a prostitute is the least threatening to marriage but it’s the only option which is illegal.  In contrast, getting a divorce and remarrying a younger woman is so common it doesn’t even stop a man from running for President.

Trade-offs are everywhere, whether we choose to acknowledge them or not.

In closely related news, Eric Zitzewitz says that although Spitzer may have hired a prostitute he was not himself for sale.  Justin Wolfers reflects and like me thinks our moral compass is off kilter.


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