Monthly Archives: August 2006

The Eco Chamber

Over at Club Troppo, Fred Argy has penned a 3-part series on ideology and economic reform (Part I, Part II, Part III). He makes a number of important points, finishing off with the admonition: Economists are of course as entitled as … Continue reading

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Indigenous Literacy

In a new CIS report, Kirsten Storry* outlines the low levels of english literacy among Indigenous Australians, especially in remote communities, and suggests some policy reforms. Among her findings: * Literacy levels among children and adults in remote communities are … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, Indigenous Policy | 12 Comments

Feminising Australian Economics

Alex Millmow and Cheryl Bookallil have a paper in the September 2006 issue of Economic Papers, looking at the gender imbalance in Australian economics departments. A few quotes: While females now constitute 58% of all university enrolments, enrolments of females … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally, Universities | 7 Comments

The yellow stuff

A friend of mine, Terry Fewtrell, is organising a forum on citizenship on Friday. Details below. Wattle Day Forum on Australian Values & Citizenship Three eminent Canberrans will share their views on Australian Values and Citizenship at a Forum at … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics

Bring the grandkids

Susan Mayer, Dean of the Harris School at the University of Chicago, is speaking on intergenerational inheritance of income at 5.30pm on Thursday 31 August at the National Museum. Here are the details, and a PDF flyer.

Posted in Inequality | 1 Comment

Two types of scholarships

Crikey today draws my attention to SMH reports of a battle between UNSW and Sydney University proffering merit scholarships. Apparently both institutions already offer $10,000 per year to those who get a UAI of 99.9 or over, and UNSW is … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 20 Comments

Don Chipp

Andrew Bartlett posts a thoughtful obituary of Democrats’ founder Don Chipp, who died last night.

Posted in Australian Politics