Monthly Archives: June 2006

Mutiny or bounty?

Wayne Bucklar, an ex-QUT academic, has taken it upon himself to establish new websites for all Australian academics, and then email us to tell us that we should go and correct them. As he says “It is incomplete and may … Continue reading

Posted in Universities | 4 Comments

Death, Taxes, and Soccer

On this black armband morning, Joshua and I have written up our death and taxes piece in The Age. It’s exactly as we wrote it, except that the sub-editor apparently thought it would be a good idea to replace “decedents” (dead … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally, Sport | 4 Comments

A Journal of Intriguing Economic Ideas?

My friend, coauthor and former colleague Paul Frijters was today complaining that the inherent conservatism of economics journals means that boring papers have a higher chance of getting published than innovative ones. So perhaps we need an economics journal like this: … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 4 Comments

Over the top downunder

The World Wealth Report 2006 calculates how the share of “high net wealth individuals” (those with more than US$1 million in financial assets) has changed over recent years. They estimate that there were 134,000 HNWIs in Australia in 2004, and 146,000 in … Continue reading

Posted in Inequality | 9 Comments

Aussie Schools Ltd

Andrew Norton has a good post on the furore surrounding for-profit schools. Like him, I find it hard to get too worked up about this. What matters is not whether a school makes a profit, but whether it’s subject to … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 2 Comments

An early inducement

According to today’s Sun Herald and Sunday Age, obstetricians are calling on Health Minister Tony Abbott to bring forward the Baby Bonus announcement from July 1 (next Saturday) to June 26 (tomorrow). As the Sun Herald put it: A leading … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of the Family

Lunatic theories

Joshua Gans and I have been writing recently about a bunch of different things that affect the timing of births and deaths. The Millennium, weekends and inauspicious days, the abolition of inheritance taxes, and the introduction of a $3000 baby … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of the Family | 3 Comments