Category Archives: Media

Estimating Media Slant in Australia

Joshua Gans and I have a new paper out today on media slant. Here’s the abstract (click the title to see the full paper). How Partisan is the Press? Multiple Measures of Media Slant Joshua S. Gans & Andrew Leigh … Continue reading

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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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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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Can a Randomly Delivered Paper Make you Scared of Tigers?

One of my PhD students, Dinuk Jayasuriya, is giving an interesting seminar next week. All welcome. Time & Date: 9.30 – 11.00am, Friday, 17 April Location: Coombs Building, Seminar Room B Speaker: Dinuk Jayasuriya Topic: “A Randomized Study Investigating State-Run … Continue reading

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Echo Chambers

A great oped from Nicholas Kristof talks about the problems of echo-chambers in the blogosphere.  This resistance to information that doesn’t mesh with our preconceived beliefs afflicts both liberals and conservatives, but a raft of studies shows that it is a … Continue reading

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Sportsplay journalism

I just took a call from an Australian political journalist whose work I’ve admired since the 1980s. The topic of this journalist’s story for tomorrow’s paper: the politics of the 2020 summit. I did something I’ve never done before, and … Continue reading

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Policy-Talkin' Macroeconomists

Can anyone suggest academics who might enjoy speaking to the Australian media about macroeconomics? I tend to decline interviews on this topic, but I’d like to be able to direct journalists to other academic economists. Feel free to nominate others … Continue reading

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Parochial, US?

When I first visited the US (at age 18), I was struck by how much the mainstream media focused on domestic events. ‘How parochial’, I thought. Not like Australia, where our media covers lots of things happening outside the country. … Continue reading

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Out to pasture

Much as I enjoy new media, I do find it sad when the old stuff goes. So yesterday’s passing of the Bulletin magazine – after 128 years – is sad indeed. As Laurie Oakes said on PM last night, Time … Continue reading

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The Short-Run and Long-Run Effects of Violent Movies

I blogged last year on a paper by Gordon Dahl and Stefano DellaVigna, looking at the impact of movie releases on violent crime. To jog your memory, here’s the abstract: Does Movie Violence Increase Violent Crime? Gordon Dahl & Stefano DellaVigna … Continue reading

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If it leads, it pleads

My AFR oped today is on the impact of the news media on disaster relief. Full text over the fold.

Posted in Media, Trade & Development

Well, he does represent Paddington

In releasing our candidate gender paper yesterday, Amy King and I wrote in the press release: In a federal electorate with 100,000 voters, this means that a woman running for office would receive 600 fewer votes than a man representing … Continue reading

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When no news is good news

I’d been worried that spending the past two weeks out of Australia would mean missing a thrilling few opening weeks of the election campaign. But as far as I can tell from reading the news online, it’s been about the … Continue reading

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Good Times

The New York Times, a newspaper that some of us rather like, has just announced that it’s bringing down its paywall. As the article states: In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make … Continue reading

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In praise of the ABC

There are many things I love about the US media. When it comes to newspapers, theirs are unquestionably the best in the world – led by the New York Times, and followed at some distance by the WSJ, WaPo, LA … Continue reading

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Hold the front page?

More neat articles on the economics of the media keep appearing. This one is from the May 2007 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics: News Droughts, News Floods, and U.S. Disaster Relief Thomas Eisensee & David Strömberg This paper studies … Continue reading

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Headline of the month

Hear a General, Hug a Sheik: Congress Visits Iraq

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Conflict of interest?

I blogged a couple of months ago on research documenting the over-exposure of financial market economists in the media. And now, from today’s SMH: A further interest rate rise is unlikely by the end of this year, Westpac’s new boss Gail … Continue reading

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Idiot Box Helps Smarten People Up

Good economists keep doing interesting work on the media. Here’s the latest. The Power of TV: Cable Television and Women’s Status in India  Robert Jensen, Emily Oster  Cable and satellite television have grown rapidly throughout the developing world.  The availability … Continue reading

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Why bank economists get all the good TV slots

I mentioned a few weeks ago the essay “Life Among the Econ”. In the latest issue of Economic Papers, Alex Millmow and Jerry Courvisanos take up the theme, arguing that Australian academic economists should be less reticent when it comes … Continue reading

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Paper Cut

I have a piece on the oped page of today’s AFR. Or at least, I think I do. In Canberra, a printer’s strike has meant that today’s the AFR hasn’t been delivered. And I’m wondering whether that also applies to … Continue reading

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New day, Newspoll

According to today’s Newspoll, if an election were held tomorrow, the ALP would win 56% of the two-party preferred vote, winning by the largest margin since 1966 World War II. Newspoll is effectively telling us that the Coalition’s odds of winning … Continue reading

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Difference of Opinion

I flew to Sydney last night to appear as a panellist on a new ABC program hosted by Jeff McMullen called “Difference of Opinion”. The topic was schooling, and my fellow panellists were Stephen O’Doherty, Jane Caro and Robyn Ewing. … Continue reading

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Coauthor cold-shouldered

I don’t normally just cut and paste from other bloggers’ posts. But sometimes you have to make an exception. TV proves academics wrong, says Devine Posted by Don Arthur on Sunday, December 10, 2006Why bother with scholarly research when you … Continue reading

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Cultural learnings of America

We saw Borat last night. I’d rate it 7/10. Some funny scenes (the rodeo anthem is gutsy), but overall it felt like a bit of a grab-bag of material. And a surprisingly short one (the official website says it’s an … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Media

Incorporating just about anything

The High Court has dismissed a challenge by state governments and unions to the Work Choices legislation (Callinan J and Kirby J dissenting). The full judgment is here. Bottom line: the corporations power in the Constitution (section 51(xx)) is now … Continue reading

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"I'm not racist, except towards Americans…"

In his new Blogocracy blog, Tim Dunlop has a chuckle at the notion that the Democratic victory has driven Andrew Bolt, Tim Blair and Mark Steyn to anti-Americanism. I’m more interested in the unspoken flipside of Tim’s posting: the prospect that this … Continue reading

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Borat

Jewish comedian Sacha Cohen, aka Borat, has a new movie out. The parts that have attracted most attention in the US are his (successful) attempts to entice Americans to say appalling things about Jews. The two worst ones – a bar scene and … Continue reading

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Standards based pay vs performance pay

Kim Beazley has been characterised by some in the media as being in favour of performance pay. Which is odd, because last Friday, he said that he opposed it: Julie Bishop says the Government supports so-called “merit pay”. What do … Continue reading

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New econblogger on the block

Peter Martin, one of my favourite Australian economics journalists, has: (a) moved to Canberra, and (b) started a blog. Check out his recent posts on how the media reforms have made Australia’s richest man a billion dollars richer, how journalists … Continue reading

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