Monthly Archives: April 2007

Testing the trickle-down theory

Next Tuesday, 8 May, I’ll be presenting a seminar on ‘Top Incomes and Growth’ in the ANU RSPAS seminar series. It’ll be in Seminar Room B of the HC Coombs Building, and will run from 2.00-3.30pm. The work is all … Continue reading

Posted in Coming Events, Inequality | 6 Comments

The grass is greener

Labor’s HECS-for-watertanks plan has drawn some bouquets and brickbats in today’s press (it seems that if you talk about money and water, you can’t help but get media coverage). But I couldn’t help noticing that two of my fellow Ozeconbloggers … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics, Environmental Economics | 5 Comments

Bedding down in the green room

Film magnate Jack Valenti’s death last week reminded me of a story that former Trade Minister Peter Cook once told me. During the negotiations on the Uruguay Round of WTO talks in the early-1990s, the US brought in Valenti for … Continue reading

Posted in Trade & Development

Go Directly to Jail, Pay $200

The NYT reveals that in California, you can pay to go to a ‘nice’ jail. For offenders whose crimes are usually relatively minor (carjackers should not bother) and whose bank accounts remain lofty, a dozen or so city jails across … Continue reading

Posted in Health economics | 15 Comments

Australian Competition for DC scholarship (AC/DC)

The Woodrow Wilson Center is offering a $5000/month stipend to host Australian scholars for 2-4 months in their Washington DC offices. Here’s who they’re looking for: This competition is open to men and women currently residing in Australia, or of … Continue reading

Posted in Universities | 2 Comments

Law and economics, at $150 per hour

It’s always puzzled me that law and economics is done so little in Australia, so it’s great to see my colleagues at the ANU Centre for Law and Economics organising a conference on the topic in Canberra on 1-2 June. … Continue reading

Posted in Coming Events, Economics Generally | 7 Comments

Saving the forests, one leaflet at a time

Our ‘no junk mail’ sticker tends to stop most unsolicited mail, but occasionally someone ignores it. In a neat irony, I opened the mailbox today to discover a leaflet from the Greens’ candidate for the Senate, Kerrie Tucker.

Posted in Australian Politics, Environmental Economics | 9 Comments