Monthly Archives: November 2006

Minimum Wages #3

Over at ControveryEcon CoreEcon, Joshua Gans thinks that the Australian Fair Pay Commission has been too generous. He points out that if they really only wanted to maintain the real incomes of minimum wage workers, they should’ve adjusted by less … Continue reading

Posted in Low Wage Work | 12 Comments

Bottom of the top

Via Joshua Gans, I discovered an IDEAS-REPEC ranking of the top 20% of Australian economists. Younger economists like this sort of thing, since it updates faster than traditional rankings systems. According to the list, John Quiggin is #1, Joshua Gans is #18, … Continue reading

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Economists wanted

My group of economists, the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, are advertising multiple jobs for economists at levels B, C and D (the equivalent of assistant professor and associate professor to US economists). These positions … Continue reading

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Minimum Wages #2

David Neumark and William Wascher have pulled together a blunderbuss of a minimum wage review. In 152 pages, the paper discusses over 90 recent studies on the effect of minimum wages on employment, including 4 studies from Australia. Their conclusions: Minimum … Continue reading

Posted in Low Wage Work | 17 Comments

Minimum Wages #1

Next Wednesday (Nov 15), I’ll be speaking at a Melbourne University forum on minimum wages, in the illustrious company of labour economists experts David Card and Mark Wooden. Details over the fold.

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Thanks for coming, Mac

So the Dems have won the House, and maybe the Senate. If George Allen loses the Virginia Senate race (by what would be the slimmed of margins), surely YouTube deserves partial credit for handing control of the Senate to the Democrats. … Continue reading

Posted in US Politics | 7 Comments

But what the heck, let's look at the exit polls anyway

CNN’s early exit polls have been leaked to ThinkProgress (assuming they’re not lying to us, that is). If they’re accurate, the Dems have won the House, and may have won the Senate. Tradesports now (6.20pm US EST) have the GOP … Continue reading

Posted in US Politics | 11 Comments


After the exit poll debacle of 2004, it doesn’t look like anyone’s relying on exit polls this time around. Above is the trade price and volume on the Tradesports contract for GOP House control (current estimate: 17%). 

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Time to Cut CAL

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is holding hearings on copyright law reform today. Among the worst ideas put before it is a submission from the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL), which argues things like: there shouldn’t be a satire exemption (you can almost … Continue reading

Posted in Law | 11 Comments

Spare Saddam?

In August, Michael Fullilove wrote a Lowy Institute report, arguing that Australia would be a far more effective advocate of death penalty abolition if we brought some consistency to our international pleas – arguing for accused persons to be spared … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics, Law | 37 Comments


Jewish comedian Sacha Cohen, aka Borat, has a new movie out. The parts that have attracted most attention in the US are his (successful) attempts to entice Americans to say appalling things about Jews. The two worst ones – a bar scene and … Continue reading

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The soft middle

Writing in New Matilda, Tristan Ewins contrasts the Beazley tax plan with the actual distribution of pre-tax income: Speaking earlier this year at the National Press Club, Beazley had identified ‘middle Australia’ as those earning around $60,000 per year. At … Continue reading

Posted in Inequality, Tax | 38 Comments

Microeconometrics Conference @ UniMelb

Melbourne University’s Centre for Microeconometrics is running a one-day workshop on 17 November. Details over the fold. Registration is free, but the deadline is today (apologies for the short notice).

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Did the US-Australia FTA really free up trade?

John Howard talking about the US-Australia FTA in February 2004: And that is why the massive opening up of service and manufacturing opportunities that this deal affords is so very important. So this is very much about the future rather … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics, Economics Generally | 18 Comments

The Undercover Economist

I finished Tim Harford’s book The Undercover Economist the other day. If you’re running an introductory economics course, and looking to set a text explaining how economists think, and how the profession views coffee prices, the value of a statistical life, … Continue reading

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