Monthly Archives: May 2009

A Professor Like Me

A new study provides some useful analysis of the effects of academics’ gender on university outcomes. The authors cleverly take advantage of the fact that the US Air Force Academy randomly assigns students to sections, with little opportunity to switch. … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, Randomisation | 4 Comments

Randomising in the UK

In 2003, the UK government started a major randomised evaluation of the Employment Retention and Advancement project (ERA), to test the effectiveness of interventions to improve job retention and advancement prospects for low wage workers (background here). Like the US … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

Was someone short on fact-checkers?

I generally assume that everyone knows how to use Wikipedia, but it seems not. From today’s Age: Reports suggest that in the 19 American presidential elections between 1888 and 1960, the candidate with a height advantage won all but one. … Continue reading

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The kind of conference you’d naturally select

My academic home is the Economics Program in the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS). Located in a building named after HC Coombs (an economist turned social campaigner), RSSS is comprised of five programs – philosophy, history, political science, sociology, … Continue reading

Posted in Coming Events

ESOP’s fables

In the context of the feisty share ownership debate, I thought it might be worth posting two 2008 economics papers on the topic. My quick read of the evidence: employee ownership exposes workers to more risk (if the firm goes … Continue reading

Posted in Labour Economics | 3 Comments

Larger Than Life

In general, I have a healthy respect for the news media. But occasionally, things spin  out of control. Somehow, my finding (with Michael Kortt) that there is no wage penalty to being overweight in the Australian labour market got spun … Continue reading

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Unemployment Betting

Yesterday, I wrote an oped in the AFR arguing that we should have prediction markets on unemployment. This morning comes a press release from Centrebet: Leading financial bookmaker Centrebet has today released the country’s first market on the next national … Continue reading

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