Monthly Archives: November 2006

Crime and mental wellbeing

Along with two colleagues at University College London – Francesca Cornaglia and Christian Dustmann – I was lucky enough to yesterday receive two years’ ARC funding for a project on “The impact of crime on the mental wellbeing of communities”. Here’s the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally, Universities | 49 Comments

Less Catalyst, More Crystal Balls

Over at Catallaxy, ScepticLawyer takes a swing at the ABC for its decision to swap Catalyst for 15 weeks of a show called “Psychic Investigations”. I hope this doesn’t become a habit for them.

Posted in Television | 2 Comments

John versus (Kevin versus Kim)

I see that Centrebet’s punters now think that it is more likely that Kevin Rudd will lead the ALP to the 2007 election ($2.40, 38%) than that Labor will win the 2007 election ($2.50, 37%).

Posted in Australian Politics | 1 Comment

Speed Dating

When people talk about economics seeking to colonise the social sciences, this is the kind of paper they have in mind. Can Anyone be “The” One? Evidence on Mate Selection from Speed Dating Michèle Belot and Marco Francesconi Abstract: Marriage … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of the Family | 7 Comments

Conference on the Economics of Teacher Quality, 5 Feb 2007

I’m running a teacher quality conference on 5 February 2007 at the Australian National University, featuring three international speakers: Eric Hanushek (Stanford University) Hamilton Lankford (University at Albany, State University of New York) Jonah Rockoff (Columbia University) And three Australian … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 2 Comments

Free Frijters

My former colleague Paul Frijters, one of the most productive applied microeconomists in the country, has just posted all the papers he’s ever written on his new QUT website (as I’ve argued in the past, this is what every Australian … Continue reading

Posted in From the Frontiers, Universities | 3 Comments

An odd state of affairs

I’ve been reflecting today on the statistical oddities of recent Australian election results. As former Liberal Party director Michael Kroger pointed out on Saturday night: Labor has won 20 out of 20 of the last state and territory elections Labor … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics | 26 Comments