Monthly Archives: March 2006

The half-century

I presented a seminar this morning at the University of Queensland, looking at how many taxpayers bunch below the sharp HECS repayment threshold (answer: very few). John Quiggin, Australia’s most famous econ-blogger, was kind enough to come along, and casually revealed over coffee … Continue reading

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Zoe Hall

Crikey has been reporting on the Bulletin‘s bizarre decision to publish a 12-page profile of Martin Bryant, the Tasmanian serial killer (more from the Hobart Mercury). Herald Sun editor Peter Blunden has been one of the strongest critics of the … Continue reading

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The Safe Way?

When new drugs are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, they are only allowed to be sold in chemists. But while the chemists close early, my local Safeway is open until midnight. And it’s decided that if it can’t stock … Continue reading

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Economics and Public Policy – RBC and New Keynesian Readings

For those who are interested in the debate between the New Keynesians and the Real Business Cycle folks, the following links may be of interest. Discussion on the Marginal Revolution blog after Kydland and Prescott won the 2004 Nobel. Sergio … Continue reading

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Is flu the past-tense of fly?

Turns out I’m not invincible after all. After mentioning on the blog last week that I was going to Germany for the weekend, I feel obliged to report that I’ve come down with an atrocious head cold, rendering me basically … Continue reading

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Do you always get the "right" answer when you use maths?

Ariel Rubinstein (NYU & Tel Aviv Uni) has a neat piece in the latest issue of the Economic Journal, in which students are asked to solve a firm optimisation problem, deciding how many workers a firm should fire. The profit … Continue reading

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Born 1985, Received PhD 2006

According to the Melbourne University News, the university just graduated their youngest-ever PhD student. Dr Yao Ban Chan, 21 years of age, received his PhD in the mathematics of DNA entanglement. The newspaper quotes him saying “I love doing maths because it … Continue reading

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