Category Archives: Universities

A randomised trial of mentoring programs for female faculty

A new US randomised trial suggests that mentoring programs can have surprisingly large effects: Can Mentoring Help Female Assistant Professors? Interim Results from a Randomized Trial (unstable ungated link, stable gated link) Francine D. Blau, Janet M. Currie, Rachel T.A. … Continue reading

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Alt-worthy, or an epic fail?

The ANU Commonwealth Bank has a billboard outside, advertising ‘Student options is heaps good’. Should I be worried?

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A Form Guide for Universities

In today’s Oz, Philip Clarke and Nicholas Graves write about the ‘academenomics’ of forms. A snippet: since the internet reduces the cost of collecting information to almost nothing, administrators often collect much more than they need, even if it imposes … Continue reading

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Do big uni classes hurt students?

I’ve written in the past about the close-to-zero impacts of class size on school students’ performance (at least once classes are below 30). But what about huge university classes? I stumbled today across a new UK study that finds effects, … Continue reading

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ANU’s new Research School of Economics

In ten days’ time, my academic unit will cease to exist. The Economics Program at the Research School of Social Sciences (the original economics group at ANU) is merging with the School of Economics and the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic … Continue reading

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The unkindest cut

My AFR op-ed today is on education and the economic “downturn” (formerly known as the Australian recession). Full text over the fold, along with all the usual hyperlinks. Much thanks (but no responsibility) to Andrew Norton, who helped me understand … Continue reading

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F-F-Funding

The first round of 200 Future Fellowships has been announced (full list here), for funding starting in 2009. One thing that struck me was the paucity of economists, with just two making the cut (congratulations to health economist Anthony Scott … Continue reading

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Will more uni funding pay for itself?

Joshua Gans’ Centre for Ideas and the Economy has something called ‘IdeaCHECKs’, in which he commissions academics to write reviews of public reports. I’ve just done my first, discussing a report by KPMG-Econtech for Universities Australia on the benefits of … Continue reading

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Bloasting

Departmental rankings are notoriously volatile. Still, I can’t resist noting that according to the March 2009 rankings in RePEc (Research Papers in Economics), my group – the economics program in the Research School of Social Sciences at ANU – is … Continue reading

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RSSScholarships

My academic home, the Research School of Social Sciences, is offering some new PhD stipend scholarships. Details over the fold.

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Social Science PhD Scholarships

My group – the Research School of Social Sciences at ANU – has a handful of PhD scholarships on offer. Details below. The Research School of Social Science has a number of PhD scholarships available which must be taken up … Continue reading

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Getting housing policy right

Adrian Wong has asked me to remind people about the RBA Essay Competition, open to all economics students presently studying at Australian universities. This year’s topic: Housing Costs and Affordability in Australia Housing is an important component of household expenditure … Continue reading

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Thanks for the votes

At 39, Dalton Conley is the chair of the New York University department of sociology. He’s also one of my favourite sociologists, having written about race, class, health, and biology. His work ranges across lived experience (including Honky, a superbly written … Continue reading

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Women in Economics

My economics group (the Economics Program in the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU) has a story up on the website this week, on the share of professors who are women. The good news is that the answer is … Continue reading

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First Author Conditions

The latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) carries some extraordinary stories of drug companies writing research papers, and then offering to add academics as coauthors – without requiring the academics to do any work on … Continue reading

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Careful, that research might tell you zip

According to The Age, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry chaired by Geoff Howard is currently looking into the question of whether certain postcodes are underrepresented at university. Separating neighbourhood effects from family background effects is a potentially important exercise, but the article … Continue reading

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Pubs

I just finished putting together my 2007 publications for our departmental administrator (as part of DEST’s grand cataloguing process, all universities report publications annually). I predicted in March that I’d get 6-7 published articles in 2007. In the end, I … Continue reading

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New Boffins on the Block

My group (Economics RSSS) have just completed a hiring round, in which we’ve picked up four terrific senior academics: Xin Meng, Bob Breunig, Tim Hatton, and 60% of Richard Cornes. As it turns out, all are moving to us from another … Continue reading

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Was the OECD right after all?

Somewhat to my surprise, the feistiest part of Sunday night’s debate (“pathetic!”, “dishonest!”) was a discussion about whether an OECD report on public education spending had properly taken account of Australia’s HECS system. I had always assumed that this was because … Continue reading

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Betting Markets Talk @ USyd

I’m presenting a seminar at the University of Sydney tomorrow afternoon. It’s looking at a specific aspect of election betting markets – whether they seem to suffer from the same favourite-longshot bias seen in horserace betting markets (the expected payout … Continue reading

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Tapping the Wisdom of Blog Crowds

A friend of mine who lives in Sydney is looking to do postgraduate studies in economics. Does anyone have advice for him? Here’s his dilemma. I was hoping that you may be able to give me some advice on options for part-time … Continue reading

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Gong for Gans

My frequent coauthor Joshua Gans has received an award for the best young economist in Australia. Last December, Joshua noted that he had just published his 100th paper. Given that the Economic Society award only goes to those aged under 40, … Continue reading

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A Taste of ANU Economics Scholarships

The Economics Program in the Research School of Social Sciences is offering a handful of scholarships for research-inclined Honours and Masters students to attend forthcoming economics conferences at the Australian National University (we’ve called them “A Taste of ANU Economics”). … Continue reading

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Delaying Has Costs Too

Andrew Norton today posts on the impact of delaying the start of university by a year. As he points out, we don’t have very good evidence on the causal impact, but it looks like taking a gap year may lead … Continue reading

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Extolling RSSS

My college at ANU has started a thing called “Controversy Corner”. The first contribution made some rather unflattering comments about the Research School of Social Sciences, in which I’m located. I’m rather proud of RSSS, so it seemed a good … Continue reading

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Environomics

My colleague Jack Pezzey, at the Fenner School of Economics and Society, is advertising generous PhD scholarships in environmental economics, and also looking for a post-doc to work on the economics of greenhouse gas control.

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Undergraduate Advice

I just received a copy of the report from the Australian Davos Connection’s 2007 Future Summit. As well as serious-looking photos of prominent Australian bloggers, it contained a neat quote from an Australian expatriate - Harvard Business School Professor Jonathan West. … Continue reading

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Adelaide Advertisement

The National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University is looking for an associate or full professor. I’ve pasted the ad over the fold.

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Encouraging Policynomics

Matthew Taylor, one of our entrepreneurial research assistants, has set up scholarships for ANU economics honours students to write policy-relevant theses. In an interview with the ANU magazine, he describes the genesis of the idea: “I received a scholarship from … Continue reading

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Academia in Aceh

My father – a political science professor at Melbourne University – has spent most of the past two years working on an AusAID-funded project to set up a research and training institute in Aceh (we lived there in the late-1970s). … Continue reading

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