Joshua Gans and I have recently been having far too much fun looking at daily Australian data on births and deaths. So far, we’ve written five papers on various topics, which I’ll be talking about over the next few months.
First cab off the rank is “The Millennium Bub“, a paper motivated by the fact that January 1, 2000 was regarded by many people as the most significant date in the past century. So did it affect conceptions, births or deaths? We find that the first few weeks of January 2000 saw a rise inÂ conceptions (up 3-4 percent), births (up 5-12 percent), and perhaps even deaths (up 3-4 percent, though not statistically significant).
Coauthoring with a blogger feels a bit like that moment after a Premier’s Conference, when politicians from opposing parties rush toÂ give the media their spin on the agreement they’ve just signed.Â Here’s Joshua’s spin.