Monthly Archives: September 2006

Speculative drilling

For any lecturers looking for a question to go on their undergraduate econometrics exam, Crikey provides some excellent raw material. 15. Do petrol prices fuel political popularity? Richard Farmer writes: In the United States, where some of the pollsters track the standing … Continue reading

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This is over a year old. But it’s funny, and I’ve never seen it before, so maybe you haven’t either. From When you’re out to eat with friends and family, it can be challenging to decide what to order … Continue reading

Posted in What I'm Reading | 3 Comments

Devils and angels

A friend of mine has just joined the London office of a US law firm, Morrison & Foerster. So her work email address ends with As if to compensate, her home email address ends with

Posted in Eclectic Observations


Next time someone asks you “what’s the point of blogs?”, you can answer “well, there’s one case in the US where they might have saved a guy from being executed”.

Posted in Blogging | 9 Comments

Wanna bet?

On the principle that “none of us is as smart as all of us”, Inkling now allows people to establish their own prediction markets (hat tip: Ian Holsman). The big questions are: will enough people bet for the prices to … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics, Economics Generally | 4 Comments

What's the tightest race in Australian political history?

In a new paper I’m working on with Amy King, we say: The closest Australian electoral race at a federal level was for the seat of Hawker (SA) in 1990, where the margin was 14 votes. (Blair Trewin shows the … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics | 11 Comments

Where to learn about churn and burn

For one of the most interesting welfare debates in Australia this year, check out this thread at Club Troppo. It exhibits many of the things I love about the Ozblogosphere: contributions from people on both sides of the political fence, … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, Inequality, Low Wage Work | 1 Comment