Should schools make an effort to hire (or place) the spouse of an attractive faculty candidate. Even if it's good for the school, is it good for society? This is a complicated subject getting attention from Jeff Harrison - who calls it the New Cronyism - and Howard Wasserman, who takes a more fine grained view. The comments to Howard's post, over at Prawfs, are worth reading as well. Among the issues in play: do efforts to hire a spouse undermine meritocracy, benefit the already-rich, or have positive or negative effects on diversity.