Category Archives: Economics for Government Course

Experiments in the Classroom: Part III

The third classroom experiment returns to an exercise that I posted about on 6 March, at the start of semester. At the end of an introductory quiz, I asked the class: Looking around the classroom, what percentile of the relative … Continue reading

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Experiments in the Classroom: Part II

As anyone who has wandered the corridors of an economics faculty knows, we are not a profession known for our sartorial splendour. Australia’s top-ranked economist (according to the RePEC database) is Adrian Pagan, who is rarely seen in anything but … Continue reading

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The Economic Naturalist

For anyone teaching an introductory economics course, I can highly recommend complementing a standard textbook with a few exercises from Robert Frank’s The Economic Naturalist. Frank’s notion of economics is as a set of tools that helps us better understand … Continue reading

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Experiments in the Classroom: Part I

Last semester, I decided to run a few experiments with the students in the introductory economics class I was teaching. The first had to do with the power of chocolate in improving test scores. This theory arose from my mother-in-law, … Continue reading

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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

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The Lake Wobegon Effect

I’m teaching introductory economics to Masters of Public Policy Students at ANU’s Crawford School this semester. As an opening exercise, I gave the students an ‘economic literacy’ test. At the end of the quiz, I asked them: Looking around the … Continue reading

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Economics for Government – Behavioural economics articles

I didn’t get time to cover behavioural economics in last night’s final class. For any students interested in it, these two articles give a flavour of the field.

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