Friday, August 05, 2005

Ecological Economics in Action

Ecological Economics in Action

For those who are gathering data points on reported v. observable behaviors, the Pull Quote has to be:
The findings suggest that about 40,000 doses of cocaine are consumed every day in the Po valley....

According to official figures, 1.1 percent of Italian adults aged 15 to 34 admit to having used cocaine at least once in the past month.

The official figures imply that the drug is taken about 15,000 times a month among the 1.4 million young adults living around the Po.

If that multiplier (40/15 = 8/3 = 2.66...) were anywhere near the baseline, population surveys about morality would go the way of Phlogiston.