I wondered if this might have been a bit much until I read this today from Ian Ayres:
When my 7-year-old daughter said she desperately wanted a dog, I told her (in a twist on another Obama story) she could have one if she published an article in a peer-reviewed journal.Wow, that isn't necessarily attainable when people have to publish to keep their job. That said, apparently it worked! Here is the paper.
Our dog is named Cheby (Shev) in honor of a statistician.Of course, when you think about it, this seems like an easy incentive compared with those Obama kids who had to get their Dad elected as President in order to get a dog.