Category Archives: Universities

Uni Advice

For anyone starting university, I can highly recommend reading this comments thread, with Marginal Revolution readers answering Tyler Cowen’s question: Your kid is going away to college for the first time. What advice do you offer her?

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Monash Jobs

The Department of Economics at Monash University is hiring two junior faculty, with preference given to people who do macro, international economics or experimental economics. Full job ad over the fold.

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Cut class, cut grade

Extraordinary as it may sound, attending lectures can help you learn more – at least when it comes to economics at the University of Wollongong. The Impact of Lecture Attendance on Academic Performance in a  Large First Year Economics Course … Continue reading

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Is there a doctor in the house?

My research group – the Economics Program in the Research School of Social Sciences at ANU – are looking for more PhD students. It’s a great place to do a PhD, since the academics tend to have relatively light classroom teaching … Continue reading

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Who are the great Australian sociologists?

I’ve been thinking a bit about sociology lately, partly because I’ve always thought it’s a fascinating discipline (Tally’s Corner, Rituals of Blood and No Shame in My Game are three of my favourite non-fiction books ever), and partly prompted by Mark … Continue reading

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A PhD in Red Tape

I’m still working through the details of Julie Bishop’s plan to reduce the red-tape burden for universities, but an interview in the SMH today, John Garnaut and David Crawshaw discover that it involves asking the states to hand over control of … Continue reading

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Australian Competition for DC scholarship (AC/DC)

The Woodrow Wilson Center is offering a $5000/month stipend to host Australian scholars for 2-4 months in their Washington DC offices. Here’s who they’re looking for: This competition is open to men and women currently residing in Australia, or of … Continue reading

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Melbourne Goes American

Andrew Norton and Paul Frijters have offered contrasting views on the radical reforms to Melbourne University being spearheaded by its Vice-Chancellor, Glyn Davis. Like Andrew, I’m optimistic that the Melbourne Model will succeed, but I think it’s more important to recognise … Continue reading

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Econ Job

The Economics Program in the Research School of Social Sciences at ANU are currently advertising for a professor or associate professor. Here’s the job ad. We’re willing to interview in all fields, and the position offers great opportunities to do research … Continue reading

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Dr Lee

On March 28, ANU will give an honorary doctorate to former Singaporean PM Lee Kuan Yew. I have rather mixed feelings about this. True, he presided over significant growth from 1959-90 (Singapore is now richer than New Zealand). But his … Continue reading

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Rethinking the university

The NYRB reviews a sextet of recent books looking at who gets admitted into America’s universities, and whether their curriculum needs to be revised. It’d be nice if there was just one book of this ilk coming out in Australia. … Continue reading

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No pictures please, we're British academics

Perhaps concerned about the recent finding that more beautiful people do better in elections, the UK academics’ union (the University and College Union) has banned all candidates standing in their elections from campaigning with photos. (Belated hat tip: Claire Donovan)

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Of pioneers, pilgrims and parsnips

In today’s Australian, Paul Frijters and Tony Beatton take a swipe at my ‘double standards’ in talking about ethnic diversity. Andrew Norton is kind enough to defend me (doing a far better job than I would have done myself). In principle, … Continue reading

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Watching economists work

Inspired by Joshua Gans, I used Google Maps Australia to pull up the place where I work. I’m in the honeycomb-shaped building on this map. Sure, their positioning isn’t perfect. But I still feel like a little kid every time … Continue reading

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Another exam, anyone?

ANU has today announced a new form of alternative admission. Students who receive a UAI of 65 or over can increase their chances of admission by sitting a 150-minute exam on 19 January 2007 (sample questions here - they look pretty … Continue reading

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Melbourne Medallist

Kudos to Joshua Gans, who has not only racked up his 100th scholarly publication this year, but also received Melbourne University’s prestigious Woodward medal in humanities and social sciences.

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Crime and mental wellbeing

Along with two colleagues at University College London – Francesca Cornaglia and Christian Dustmann – I was lucky enough to yesterday receive two years’ ARC funding for a project on “The impact of crime on the mental wellbeing of communities”. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Free Frijters

My former colleague Paul Frijters, one of the most productive applied microeconomists in the country, has just posted all the papers he’s ever written on his new QUT website (as I’ve argued in the past, this is what every Australian … Continue reading

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Econ talks

The RSSS economics seminar schedule for the remainder of the year is over the fold. All seminars are held in the Coombs Building at ANU.

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ASSA

At an Australian Academy of Social Sciences dinner in Canberra last night, I was lucky enough to win their 2006 Early Career Award, jointly with Jennifer Hudson, a Macquarie University psychologist who does some very cool work on anxiety disorders in children. It also … Continue reading

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Metaphysical transitions

I tend to be sceptical of international reports that put any Australian university in the world’s top 20, but one exception is the ANU philosophy group, which is extraordinarily impressive. The carefully-constructed Philosophical Gourmet lists them as the 15th best faculty … Continue reading

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Economists wanted

My group of economists, the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, are advertising multiple jobs for economists at levels B, C and D (the equivalent of assistant professor and associate professor to US economists). These positions … Continue reading

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Government Managing Risk

My colleague Professor Bruce Chapman has a new book out on income-contingent loans, entitled Government Managing Risk: Income-Contingent Loans for Social and Economic Progress. The book discusses ways in which the HECS model for student loans could be applied to … Continue reading

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ANU RSSS Seminar Schedule

The ANU RSSS economics seminar schedule for Oct-Dec is over the fold.

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The elasticity of promotions with respect to blog output is approximately zero

Commentary on academic bloggers in the United States tends to give the sense that university promotions committees regard blogging as either a big plus or a big minus. I’ve never had much data to go on in Australia, but I went … Continue reading

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Recognising top teachers

Recognising that good universities benefit from great school teachers, ANU will be offering a prize this year for excellence in secondary school teaching. We’re asking all ANU undergraduates who are graduating in December to nominate a favourite teacher. I’m rather … Continue reading

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Last Lecturer

In ANU news just breaking: Prof Chris Reus-Smit is the winner of this year’s Last Lecture. Chris is the Head of the Department of International Relations, and the Deputy Director of RSPAS, but, more importantly, is the lecturer chosen by … Continue reading

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If you like the blog, how about the audiovisual version?

ANU undergraduates will vote from Tuesday to Thursday in an online poll to determine which academic will deliver The 2006 Last Lecture. To any ANU undergrads reading this, I just wanted you to know that I’m not too proud to beg … Continue reading

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Have Rising Tuition Fees Forced Students to Work More?

In a neat coincidence of blogworld meets realworld, regular commenter and Australian expat Christine Neill (Wilfrid Laurier University) is presenting a seminar at ANU. Topic: Have Rising Tuition Fees Forced Students to Work More? Time: 12.30pm Date: Tuesday 10 October Venue: Seminar … Continue reading

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Spring Seminars

The ANU RSSS economics seminar schedule for September and October is over the fold. All welcome.

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