Today, I participated in democracy and actually showed up for jury duty. I want to maintain the USA's "inclusive institutions". That said, I must admit that I was a pinch nervous when the jury pool was told that 25 names would be named at random to serve on a 16 day trial. Jurors are paid $15 per day. At that wage (not including transportation costs --- I don't drive), I would still prefer to teach my UCLA class and get some research done. If the LA Courts paid $17 a day, I would be just indifferent.
After we were discharged early, I chose to have an adventure. I live 12 miles West of the city courthouse. As a leading thinker (self proclaimed) about urban public transit, I thought that it was time for me to take my first ride on a Los Angeles subway. I paid $1.5 for my ticket knowing that the subway would end 7 miles from my Westwood home.
Here is a picture taken at 1230pm Friday on the westbound subway line.
Do you see many humans waiting for the train with me? Once I was dropped off at the Wilshire and Western stop in Koreatown. I started to walk west. I saw many beautiful 5,000 square foot homes just north of Wilshire in Hancock Park. I then passed a middle school with a distinctive sign.
Is this what Sunstein and Thaler meant as a "nudge"? My son will soon be a teenager an I wonder whether this information provision would change his behavior. Less guns, less crime?
So, I've served my county and I promise I won't leave Westwood until I'm called for jury duty again.