Child Support Collections in Michigan: A Study of the Effects of Tenacity and Terror

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The United States has much to teach the rest of the world about collecting child support from absent parents, just as we have much to teach the world about reducing the incidence of violent crime. If interested in collecting lots of dollars and in curbing violence, other countries should observe assiduously what we have done and do almost precisely the opposite. For with both violent crime and child support, American states have in general created conditions that encourage the undesired behavior and then when sin occurs -- when the handgun goes off or the father fails to pay -- shake our heads in dismay and occasionally jail the defender.


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