Monthly Archives: April 2007

Levitt Strikes Back

Steven Levitt is one of the most genteel members of the economics profession, so it requires quite some provocation to get him going. But an article in the New Republic by Noam Scheiber suggesting that Levitt is ‘ruining’ economics seems … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 9 Comments

Elections and the Ecological Fallacy, Part II

Every now and then, people try to learn something about individual voting patterns by looking at regional voting patterns. Given that we have post-election surveys, this approach has always puzzled me. More worryingly, it’s plagued by the ‘ecological fallacy': aggregating things … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics, US Politics | 4 Comments

Mr Ed Opens the Gates

Eli Broad and Bill Gates plan to spend $60 million on moving schools up the US political agenda. Here’s what the NYT has to say about it. Under the slogan “Ed in ’08,” the project, called Strong American Schools, will … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, US Politics | 2 Comments

A good idea, in theory

The National University of Singapore will be holding its first economic theory workshop on 16-17 August. Details over the fold.

Posted in Coming Events

Why the world doesn't look up to Americans any more

Anthropometric history – the study of heights – somehow fascinates me. One of the most interesting findings in this field is that relative to Europeans, Americans are getting shorter. Underperformance in Affluence: The Remarkable Relative Decline in U.S. Heights in the Second … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 9 Comments

What the gun buyback cost

In my post on Sunday, I used the figure of $500 million for the cost of the Australian gun buyback, but you might argue that it was a bit cheaper than that, as the Gun Control Australia website explains: There … Continue reading

Posted in Health economics, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Gun ownership statistics

For anyone interested in rates of gun ownership in Australia and other developed countries, this document has a useful table. The ICVS figures suggest that the share of Australian households owning guns fell from 17.6% in 1992 to 10.0% in … Continue reading

Posted in Health economics | 9 Comments