Monthly Archives: May 2008

Leaving Teachers

One of the important issues in the economics of education is understanding which teachers quit the profession. Theory doesn’t give a clear answer on this. On the one hand, underperforming teachers might find the job to be harder, so could … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 2 Comments

Tax Seminar – 11 June

My colleague Kazuki Onji is organising a 3/4-day seminar on taxation and public finance at ANU on 11 June. Full details over the fold.

Posted in Coming Events | 5 Comments

Hip to BE square

The Productivity Commission has just posted on its website the proceedings of a 2007 roundtable on behavioural economics. The most provocative piece is by QUT’s Paul Frijters (who mistakenly gets a UQ designation), discussing Eldar Shafir’s opening keynote. Frijters’ discussion (which … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 11 Comments

Pay for Paperwork?

The Business Council of Australia’s new report on teacher quality has hit the papers yesterday and today, with its recommendations for top teachers to get six-figure salaries. Oddly, this drew a hostile response from John Della Bosca, the NSW Education Minister. … Continue reading

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Ho ritornato

Apologies for the bloghiatus. After a delightful two weeks in Stockholm and Tuscany, I’m back in the ‘berra to a mound of mail, email, and revisions. If it wasn’t for the fact that my building has a superb barista, I’m … Continue reading

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Making Aid Work

My op-ed last Tuesday was on the effectiveness of foreign aid, looking especially at AusAID’s efforts (via its Office of Development Effectiveness) to ensure that the multi-billion dollar increase in foreign aid over the coming years isn’t wasted. Full text … Continue reading

Posted in Trade & Development | 11 Comments

Does redshirting help?

Any parent with a child born near the school entry age cutoff faces a dilemma – should they let their child start school a little early, or a little late? In the US, the practice of holding one’s child back … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, Economics of the Family | 24 Comments