Monthly Archives: July 2005

Hood Robin

Is it just me, or does it strike anyone else as odd that NSW Premier-to-be Morris Iemma has decided that one of his first decisions as Labor leader will be to scrap a tax that applies only to those affluent … Continue reading

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Race for the Door

I do think it’s important to be clear about what should and shouldn’t be considered unacceptable at universities. Mac Uni’s Andrew Fraser is being shunted out not because he works on race and crime (as a casual reader of the … Continue reading

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The Cost of Drugs

Another interesting paper from the NBER meetings. In A Critique of the Estimates of the Economic Cost of Drug Abuse, Jeffrey Miron attacks the estimates produced by the US Office of National Drug Control Policy on the costs of drug … Continue reading

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Politics and the English Language

It’s occasionally worth remembering George Orwell’s six splendid rules for writing: Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. Never use a long word where a short one will do. … Continue reading

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Money For Nothing

Fred Argy has a carefully argued piece on government advertising on the ANU’s Democratic Audit of Australia website (PDF). He notes: The current IR newspaper ads (responding to pre-emptive advertising by the ACTU), are said to cost $20m and are … Continue reading

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Riding the Boston Subway

The number of warnings on the Boston subway at present is extraordinary. At least once a minute, a voice comes on the loudspeaker, urging commuters to report suspicious packages, make sure you take your belongings with you, and speak up … Continue reading

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Terrorism and the World Economy

I’m spending the week in Boston, at the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Summer Institute meetings. Over the next couple of days, I thought I might occasionally blog on papers that have piqued my interest. In Terrorism and the World … Continue reading

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