Monthly Archives: March 2008

Falling Behind

A couple of years ago, I read a paper by Roland Fryer and Steve Levitt (non-technical version here), which found that the black-white test score gap in the US widened after children hit school.* With my colleague Xiaodong Gong, we decided … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, Indigenous Policy

Training Teachers

One interesting idea that I’ve heard recently is that education training should move towards the medical model. Just as they have ‘teaching hospitals’, we might think about designating particular schools as being those where most teachers do their practicums (and maybe … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 10 Comments

Ayres on Air

Supercrunchers author Ian Ayres was on the BBC program “The Interview” today. For anyone who’s interested in how statistics can change the world, the podcast is here.

Posted in From the Frontiers | 2 Comments

Starry Starry Night

8pm last night featured a conversation in our house that may have resonated elsewhere: Spouse: OK, 8pm, time to turn off the lights and put on candles. Me: But we have energy-saving bulbs, so surely the candles produce more carbon … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Economics | 7 Comments

The Economics of Labour Shortages

I spoke today at the Melbourne Institute’s conference on the topic of labour supply and labour shortages. For anyone who’s interested, here’s my powerpoint. I shared the stage with Judith Sloan, Jeff Lawrence, Heather Ridout and Guyonne Kalb, which made … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 5 Comments

Just a little tip

In tonight’s Economics for Government class, I mentioned Ian Ayres’ work on racial bias in taxi tipping. Here’s his Freakonomics blog post on the topic. So far as I’m aware, no-one has done anything on the economics of tipping in … Continue reading

Posted in Economics for Government Course | 5 Comments

Gans 2020

My coauthor Joshua Gans is a well-deserved invitee to the 2020 summit, and blogs on the ideas he’ll bring to the table. For Joshua, I think the tradeoff will be between contributing to every policy debate on offer; versus making a … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics | 1 Comment