Monthly Archives: June 2007

What will it be, sir – fast productivity growth or tough market regulation?

This one should make the PM happy. A new Reserve Bank discussion paper shows that employment protection legislation lowers productivity growth. Productivity Growth: The Effect of Market Regulations Christopher Kent, John Simon This paper explores the effects of product and … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally, Low Wage Work | 8 Comments

Tricks of the Argumentative Trade

My ANU philosophy colleagues are running a fascinating-looking event on ‘Tricks of the Argumentative Trade’ from 3.30-5.30pm on Mon 25 June. Details over the fold. Also, just a quick reminder that I’ll be speaking at an early childhood event in … Continue reading

Posted in Coming Events, Economics of Education | 8 Comments

What you don't know can hurt you

For those who think that publishing school test results are an evil plot to help the rich, a new study shows it’s just the opposite. This shouldn’t be any surprise, as we’ve known for a long time that high-income families have … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education

Should you bet to equalise average utility, or raise marginal utility?

Harry Clarke ponders whether to bet $1000 on Labor: If Labor did win I would net about $700 which would buy me 4 dozen 2004 Kalimna shiraz and would yield me a-once-weekly decent bottle of plonk for almost a year. … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics | 8 Comments

The poll's a longshot

Peter Brent in February: Centrebet is paying $1.90 for a Labor win and $1.80 for a Coalition one. These (I think) are shortest Labor odds (ie longest Coalition ones) since around September/October 2001. Andrew Leigh has a lot to answer … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics | 31 Comments

Reporting on noise

From Mark at Larvartus Prodeo: As Christian Kerr wrote yesterday, the important thing to watch in the polls is the trend, not individual surveys. No. Definitely not. If polls are measured with a lot of error (and we know they … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics | 9 Comments

Putting the science back into political science

Spanish economist Josep Colmer has a neat piece on the way that political science uses equations. What other sciences look like Josep M. Colomer (University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) Prepared for a Symposium on “Why Political Science is Not Scientific Enough?” … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Constitutional Reform, Then and Now

I gave an after-dinner speech to the ACT Branch of the Australian Republican Movement on Saturday night. Full text over the fold.

Posted in Australian Politics | 10 Comments

Debating the merits of merit pay

Glenn Rowley and Lawrence Ingvarson have a piece in today’s Age, criticising my recent study on teacher effectiveness. It’s not online, so I’ve pasted it over the fold, along with a letter I’ve sent to the Age in response. Incidentally, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 18 Comments

Topp speler wns prise

If you could spell serrefine, coryza, and fauchard, and are aged 13, then maybe you too could have won America’s national spelling bee championship.

Posted in Eclectic Observations | 3 Comments

Tapping Good Researchers

It’s not often that people offer you their data to evaluate, but regular blog reader Kevin Cox is presently implementing an interesting scheme in the ACT called “Water Rewards”, and has generously offered to collaborate with economists interested in evaluating … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 2 Comments

Life Among the Econ

Via Mark Thoma, I came across the superb anthropological essay Life Among the Econ, by Axel Leijonhufvud. Mark has the full text in easy-reading html, so if you have 5 spare minutes, go to his blog and read it all. If you’re too … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 12 Comments