Monthly Archives: November 2007

Poor Kids, Poor Health?

One of the more important debates in health economics at present is over the so-called “income gradient” in children’s health, and whether it’s flatter in the UK than in the US. I don’t have a dog in this fight, but … Continue reading

Posted in Health economics, Inequality | 3 Comments

A bipartisan make-work program for political journalists

Quite a day of surprises. Julia Gillard is superhuman, but I’ve never imagined that one person could run industrial relations and education. Even given his victory, Rudd’s dropping of 4 members of the left and centre faction from the ministry is … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics | 11 Comments

Wanna Run a Thinktank?

With Clive Hamilton due to step down on 29 Feb 2008, the Australia Institute is looking for a new executive director. Details here. Applications close 13 Dec 2007.

Posted in Thinktanks | 15 Comments

Luck of the Law

Applying new economics techniques to questions that the legal profession has been investigating for some time, Chicago law professor David Abrams has two clever papers that exploit the random assignment of judges to defendants, and lawyers to clients. Abstracts over … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Randomisation | 6 Comments

New Boffins on the Block

My group (Economics RSSS) have just completed a hiring round, in which we’ve picked up four terrific senior academics: Xin Meng, Bob Breunig, Tim Hatton, and 60% of Richard Cornes. As it turns out, all are moving to us from another … Continue reading

Posted in Universities | 11 Comments

It never rains, it pours

Amidst Bernie Banton and the gloriously witty Matt Price passing away; and Mark Vaile and Clare Martin quitting politics, I’ve been rather too stunned to post. But feel free to discuss them in comments – or speculate on whether Glyn … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics | 7 Comments

All Over by Eight

University of Newcastle economist Steve Easton emails with a tidbit from election night. I thought you might be interested in the data presented in the attached spreadsheet. This is the first time to my knowledge that there has been active … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics | 12 Comments