Monthly Archives: November 2006

Law of large numbers

Sacha Blumen draws my attention to a profile of James Simons, a US mathematician (and hedge fund squillionaire) who has put together Math for America, with the goal of getting more mathematically talented teachers into American schools. The number of … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 8 Comments

Econ talks

The RSSS economics seminar schedule for the remainder of the year is over the fold. All seminars are held in the Coombs Building at ANU.

Posted in Economics Generally, Universities

Time Out

University of South Australia Professor Barbara Pocock has recently been delivering the Clare Burton memorial lecture around Australia. Here’s the text. Much better than most social scientists, the lecture melds lived experience and data, as well as taking account of both … Continue reading

Posted in Low Wage Work | 7 Comments

Enlightenment bleg

For a research project, I’m trying to code up the lightness/darkness of about 100 black-and-white headshots of people. All the photos are currently in PDF, but could be exported into any other format. Does anyone know of software that would … Continue reading

Posted in Web/Tech | 6 Comments

Baby talk

Next Wednesday lunchtime, I’ll be presenting in the CRPSM lunchtime seminar series at the University of Canberra. Please come if you’re in the area. Date: Wed 29 Nov Time: 12:30-1:30pm Venue: Room 6c35, Building 6 (one floor up from the usual … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of the Family | 13 Comments

Labor Learns

My friend Macgregor alerts me to Lindsay Tanner’s speech at the Sydney Institute last night. As always with Tanner’s stuff, it’s well worth a read. So exactly who are we? Over recent years I’ve thought a lot about my own … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics, Economics of Education | 17 Comments


At an Australian Academy of Social Sciences dinner in Canberra last night, I was lucky enough to win their 2006 Early Career Award, jointly with Jennifer Hudson, a Macquarie University psychologist who does some very cool work on anxiety disorders in children. It also … Continue reading

Posted in Universities | 5 Comments