Monthly Archives: January 2007

Media diversity

In case  you missed it the first time around, today’s Australian runs a version of my paper on trust and diversity. I’ll be talking about it on the Life Matters program this morning at about 9am. (On an unrelated note, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally, Social Capital | 15 Comments

Third Way in the Fourth Estate

I notice that both Kevin Andrews and Julie Bishop are describing ALP policies as “Third Way”. As I once argued, the Third Way concept met its death in about 2003, and I don’t recall having heard a Labor politician talking about … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics | 6 Comments

Immigrant Assimilation

Tim Hatton and I have a new paper out, looking at how immigrants assimilate. While economists have tended to view immigrant assimilation as an individualistic process, sociologists look at what happens to ‘communities’. So we take a leaf from the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 13 Comments

A Century of Top Incomes

My coauthor Tony Atkinson is giving a talk at the ANU in a couple of weeks. Tony is a brilliant economist. And how often do you get to hear a knight talk about inequality? ANU TREVOR SWAN DISTINGUISHED LECTURES IN ECONOMICS  … Continue reading

Posted in Inequality | 2 Comments

Teacher Talk

Last year, I mentioned having met the very impressive Elizabeth Stone, a maths teacher at Barker College. She’s now set up a website called FreshTeacher, a forum for Australian teachers to exchange ideas.

Posted in Economics of Education

Economists for Minimum Wage Rises

According to a new article by Daniel Klein and Stewart Dompe in EconJournalWatch, 83.5% of US economists (and 78.8% of Australian economists) believe that “A minimum wage increases unemployment among young and unskilled workers”. But not all take this view. Klein … Continue reading

Posted in Low Wage Work | 2 Comments


My spam-blocker has been having some trouble lately, first catching a handful of legitimate comments (I see the same happened on John Quiggin’s site), and then allowing a couple of dozen to go through. Please bear with me on the … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging