Monthly Archives: June 2005

Social Capital Symposium

I’m running a social capital symposium in Canberra on August 29, featuring Robert Putnam, Michael Woolcock and Paul Frijters. The program is over the fold, and a link to the registration form is below. Unfortunately, we had to cover some … Continue reading

Posted in Interesting stuff

NSW Comes into the Twenty-First Century

NSW is finally joining the rest of the developed world (apart from a few other Australian states!) in publishing school test scores, valuable information for any parent choosing a school. Those on the left who are resisting this move should … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

Latham Shenanigans

Labor strategists are bound to have twisted knickers this week over the Latham comments. Much like the Blewett diaries, I’m inclined to think that this will pass pretty quickly, and the Labor historians will be better for getting such an … Continue reading

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State Wage Subsidies?

I’m currently working on an article looking at how states could engage in "healthy interstate competition", by using wage subsidies (or negative income taxes) to encourage low-skilled workers into the workforce. Given the substantial fall in male full-time employment over … Continue reading

Posted in Australian issues

Where's that Greenie-Economist Alliance When you Need it?

The various business economists who have argued against lowering the petrol tax are probably right, assuming that we think the prices are going to stay this high (if prices are about to come down, you could construct a good argument … Continue reading

Posted in Australian issues | 4 Comments

Inequality and the ARC

While writing a rejoinder to my Australian Research Council referee reports, it occurred to me what an odd system we have for handing out money to academics. 40% of the funding decision is based on track record, relative to opportunity. … Continue reading

Posted in Australian issues

That's Pretty Rich

I have a review of two "all-time rich list" books in the latest issue of the Economic Record. Parts of it are a bit wonkish, but people with an interest in inequality may find it worth skimming. Full text over … Continue reading

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