Monthly Archives: June 2006

Icelandic Whispers

My happiness paper with Justin Wolfers has received a new lease of life. An article in the News Ltd press was picked up by the Guardian (sidenote – the quotes in the article don’t bear a great deal of resemblance … Continue reading

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Travelling North

Gweneth and I will be travelling during July – to China, Germany, France and the US. I’m hoping to post travel reflections, but apologies in advance if my postings come a little less regularly than usual. In particular, I’ll be curious … Continue reading

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Should the Future Fund only buy Australian?

A new paper from the Australian Treasury, released as an NBER Working Paper this week (perhaps it’s been around for a while, though this is the first time I’ve seen it), discusses the Future Fund, and makes a sensible point … Continue reading

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Double chins

Ross Gittins today writes up research by David Cutler, Ed Glaeser and Jesse Shapiro, which suggests that the obesity increase over recent decades is largely due to improvements in food technology. Just goes to show that in the Sydney Morning … Continue reading

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Academics – you just never know when they'll turn on you

According to an editorial in the Australian today, I’m part of the solution, and part of the problem. According to research carried out by a pair of economists, Andrew Leigh and Justin Wolfers, Australians are a happy lot, coming in … Continue reading

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Billy the Kidder

From the BBC. A British army regiment’s ceremonial pet goat was demoted in disgrace after it marched out of line before a host of international dignitaries during a parade to mark Queen’s Elizabeth II’s birthday, a military spokesman said Saturday. … Continue reading

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Around the blogs

* Joshua Gans on the joys of random reading. * Steve Levitt on why soccer players don’t aim their penalty kicks at the middle of the goal as often as they should. * Progressives Jason Furman and Barbara Ehrenreich debate whether Wal-Mart is … Continue reading

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