Monthly Archives: July 2007

Power, Passion and Policy

Steven Levitt lists a number of ‘dangerous’ questions asked by Steven Pinker (eg. ‘Are suicide terrorists well-educated, mentally healthy and morally driven?’, ‘Is morality just a product of the evolution of our brains, with no inherent reality?’), and notes that … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 7 Comments

Flying Low

There are many wonderful things about the US. Its airports are not among them. As Joshua Gans mentioned recently (in wishfully-numbered post 787), America’s flying delays seem far worse than in Australia or Europe. We’re presently flying back from Philly to … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Travel

Tax Cheating

A couple of new papers suggest that most Australians believe that cheating on your taxes is wrong (62% say that tax evasion is never justifiable), and that Aussies are no more likely to evade tax than Americans or New Zealanders. … Continue reading

Posted in Tax

ANU RSSS Economics Seminar Schedule: July-Aug 2007

Our seminar schedule for the next 2 months is below.

Posted in Coming Events

All politics is local. Some politics is random.

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about randomised trials lately, and have come across a paper that I had previously only heard rumours about. In 2001, NYU political science professor Leonard Wantchekon managed to persuade four African political candidates to randomly … Continue reading

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How to turn betting odds into probabilities

A colleague emailed me today, asking how to turn betting odds into probabilities, and reminded me that this is something I’ve been meaning to blog about for some time. To some readers, it will be obvious, but to non-gamblers, it … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics, US Politics | 7 Comments

Dems on YouTube

The Democrats’ CNN/YouTube debate last night was one of the best political things I’ve seen on TV for a long time. If you didn’t see it and are pressed for time, all the questions are here. My favourites were gay … Continue reading

Posted in US Politics