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What I’m reading

A trip to Sweden at the end of May turned out to be a good way to catch up on some overdue books. A few recommendations: Ben McNeil, The Clean Industrial Revolution: a young Australian scientist’s take on how Australia … Continue reading

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What I've been reading

So much good stuff I feel spoiled. Paul Collier’s The Bottom Billion is a splendid data-driven romp through development economics, and what we can do to make a difference, particularly when it comes to thorny topics of corruption and conflict (HT: … Continue reading

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Inequality Reading

I’ve just finished reading two books about inequality. One is a beautifully written (and short) tome by Robert Frank, entitled Falling Behind: How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class. Over the years, many people have argued that one of the costs of inequality … Continue reading

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Books I can recommend

From Sebastian’s shelf: Penguin, by Polly Dunbar (purchased with Nicholas Gruen’s 50% off voucher, valid until 22 Nov) Moo, Baa, La La La, Sandra Boynton Alphabet, Alison Jay That’s Not my Lion, Watt & Wells But not the Hippopotamus, Sandra … Continue reading

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Conversations about Capitalism

In the latest issue of Reason Magazine, economist Deirdre McCloskey has a beautifully-penned article about Galbraith, Schumpeter, economics and rhetoric. Definitely worth a read, particularly the parts about Galbraith’s zingers and Schumpeter’s three great ambitions.

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What I've been reading

Murray Goot and Tim Rowse’s Divided Nation: Indigenous Australians in Australian Political Culture. Definitely the go-to book for anyone wanting to know what Australians think about Indigenous policy. Two facts that were new to me are that in 1965, 52% of Perth … Continue reading

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Outfoxed

I just came across a list of the 20 Australian books that were most often borrowed from Australian libraries in 2004-05. Number one is Mem Fox’s Possum Magic. One of my all-time favourite books – Tim Winton’s Dirt Music – came in … Continue reading

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The Undercover Economist

I finished Tim Harford’s book The Undercover Economist the other day. If you’re running an introductory economics course, and looking to set a text explaining how economists think, and how the profession views coffee prices, the value of a statistical life, … Continue reading

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Gastronomics

This is over a year old. But it’s funny, and I’ve never seen it before, so maybe you haven’t either. From kottke.org: When you’re out to eat with friends and family, it can be challenging to decide what to order … Continue reading

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What I'm Reading

I’ve recently finished reading All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren’s novel that fictionalises the life of Louisiana governor Huey Long (the movie version, starring Sean Penn, is out later this year). My friend Macgregor recommended the director’s cut – the … Continue reading

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A little reading on the big push

I blogged last year on the Jeff Sachs “big push” view of international development versus the William Easterly “incremental change” view. Perhaps the best way of seeing the differences between the two is to read Easterly’s recent review of Sachs’ … Continue reading

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On the Bright Side….

Canberra resident Bob Douglas has just released a little 100-page book entitled SEE-Change Centres, Grey Power and Hope. I don’t agree with all Bob’s policy recommendations, but I’m seduced by his optimism, and interested by his suggestion that one of the … Continue reading

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What I've been reading

Since I’m presently travelling, I haven’t felt sufficiently up with the commentariat to offer any new thoughts on Lebanon, the Costello dummy spit, or why Casey Donovan has been dropped by her recording label. However, I just finished one of the … Continue reading

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Mythbuster

In the SMH today, I have a review of The Australian Miracle, a terrific science policy book by Thomas Barlow. The published version isn’t online, which isn’t all bad, as it was somewhat bowdlerised (after reading my review, tell me if you … Continue reading

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Flighty thoughts

I’ve been doing quite a bit of travelling recently, which has prompted a few thoughts. In no particular order. 1. In Melbourne airport, one of the things you notice when moving from the Qantas terminal to the Virgin Blue terminal … Continue reading

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What's the Matter With What's the Matter With Kansas?

A bit over a month ago, I blogged on Thomas Frank’s What’s the Matter With Kansas? As the folks at CT mentioned late last year, there has been some data-driven debate in political science circles over this. Using the national … Continue reading

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