Monthly Archives: March 2009

Correlation, causation, and breastfeeding

An interesting piece in the Atlantic on breastfeeding. Here’s a snippet: One day, while nursing my baby in my pediatrician’s office, I noticed a 2001 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association open to an article about breast-feeding: … Continue reading

Posted in Health economics | 3 Comments

Where philosophy & policy collide

Andrew Norton is running a survey ‘on how philosophical political identity (classical liberal, conservative, social democrat etc) links to policy attitudes’. It’s interesting and pretty quick (I just did it in 8 minutes), so click here if you have time.

Posted in Blogging | 1 Comment

Baptism Bonus

Joshua Gans and I have previously shown that financial incentives can affect birth timing. Now some evidence that non-monetary incentives matter too. From the BBC: At the end of 2007, in a move to reverse the Caucasian country’s dwindling birth … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of the Family | 2 Comments

My kind of cartoon

From XKCD (HT: Rocco Weglarz & Robert Wiblin)

Posted in Uncategorized

What makes a good CEO?

My AFR oped today looks at some new research on what makes a good business leader. Full text over the fold.

Posted in Labour Economics | 3 Comments

Wolfers @ Brookings

My friend Justin Wolfers has been appointed a co-editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. This strikes me as a particularly good fit. Justin’s signature style is an applied economics paper that presents a pastiche of evidence – ranging across … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally

Stigler’s List and Social Capital

I just reviewed an edited collection on social capital for the Economic Record, and kicked off with what I think might be the standard economic response to most books of this type: George Stigler once observed that economists’ objections are … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally, Social Capital