Monthly Archives: September 2005

Clear and Present Danger?

Over at Ambit Gambit, Graham Young highlights the recent findings of a report on the attitudes of candidates in the 2004 federal election. When asked how to rate the US as a threat to Australian security, 21.9 per cent of … Continue reading

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Fan Number K9

Well, we all celebrate our team’s victory differently — and at the end of the game, our pup looked as excited as the rest of us at the ol’ Swannies finally making it after 72 years. So I figured it’d … Continue reading

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What Me, Vote?

Much of what comes out of economics can be said to be either (a) obvious, or (b) trivial. Paul Samuelson once nominated free trade as his favourite economic finding that didn’t fall into either of these categories. Another is the … Continue reading

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Taking a Punt

Over at Marginal Revolution, there’s some interesting research going on. Tyler Cowen shows that Google’s internal prediction markets did a pretty good job of predicting the occurrence of events which were of strategic importance to the firm, while Alex Tabarrok … Continue reading

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Rita's ETA (or Out of the Frying Pan)

Poor Scott Parkin. First he’s deported by Aussie authorities for reasons unknown. Next, he gets an $11,000 bill from us for his stay in the Melbourne Assessment Prison, and his flight back to the US with some friendly AFP fellas. … Continue reading

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Economist Made Good

A new Vikram Seth novel is out. Entitled Two Lives, it’s a mere 512 pages. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I can recommend skimming reviews in the Guardian, Times and Independent, and reading a gem of … Continue reading

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Are Kids Better Off if Mum Works?

University of North Carolina’s Christopher Ruhm looks at a key issue underlying not only US welfare reform, but also the recent Australian changes to the parenting payment program. Does encouraging poor parents to work help or hinder their children’s outcomes? … Continue reading

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