Monthly Archives: March 2007

Per Capita Acquires Human Capital

I posted last year on the fact that progressive thinktank Per Capita was searching for senior staff. One of the successful candidates just sent me a note to let me know the results. Andrew   Just a note to let … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics, Thinktanks | 7 Comments

The Eight Hour Day?

The NYT has an article on what various US states are doing to lengthen the school day. I used to be a big fan of this plan (I think the PM still is), but the results from the class size … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 12 Comments

ANU RSSS Economics Seminars

The ANU RSSS Economics seminar schedule for March and April is over the fold. All seminars are held in the HC Coombs Building.

Posted in Economics Generally

Baby Talk Reprised

I’ll be giving a seminar next Tuesday (April 3), on the topic “Are Weekend Births More Dangerous?”. Regular blog readers will recall this as the talk that I was going to give on March 6, but which I then rudely … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of the Family | 2 Comments

Bet on Red

Midas Oracle’s Chris Masse responds to the Economist magazine’s call for innovative ideas (‘Project Red Stripe’), by suggesting that they give much more prominence to writing about interesting prediction markets, thereby encouraging more liquidity in the markets, and the development … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally

Half a dozen views on merit pay

In Saturday’s Age, I was one of six people asked to provide fifty words answering the question “Should teachers be paid on the basis of merit or years of service?”. The answers are over the fold.

Posted in Economics of Education | 5 Comments

Octogenarian musings

Joshua Gans points to research (see fn1) showing that theoretical economists (of which he is one) peak at age 43. I can’t help adding that experimental economists (of which I think I’m one – though the source isn’t too clear … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 4 Comments