Monthly Archives: May 2007

Why a Fat Food Tax Won't Make us Thin

A new paper shows that food prices affect obesity – but the impact is so small that even huge taxes won’t have more than a tiny impact on BMI. Cheap Donuts and Expensive Broccoli: The Effect of Relative Prices on Obesity … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Strange Days are These

Joshua Gans and I have written an article for the Melbourne Review (Melbourne Business School’s glossy magazine), summing up our half-dozen papers on unusual days in births and deaths. It’s received a bit of media coverage, which Joshua coyly posts.

Posted in Economics of the Family | 3 Comments

Martin Luther's Legacy

I’ve always found the studies that look at the effect of religion on economic growth a bit fluffy. But this very clever paper goes far further than previous work in explaining why Protestant countries and regions might grow faster. If … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, From the Frontiers | 6 Comments

Starting Early

On June 20, I’m speaking at an event at Melbourne Business School on early childhood intervention, along with Frank Oberklaid, Sue Richardson, and Ross Homel. Details over the fold.

Posted in Coming Events, Economics of Education | 1 Comment

Deeply Rooted

One of the many joys of being married to someone who understands horticulture is her ability to notice when ‘experts’ are talking mulch. Here’s McGill University science ethicist Margaret Somerville on the 7.30 Report last night. You see I think the … Continue reading

Posted in Eclectic Observations | 3 Comments

The RPG Buyback

Perhaps Christine Neill and I should extend our gun buyback study to look at another country. From CNN: Yemen has spent millions of dollars in recent months buying up bombs, artillery, even anti-aircraft guns, from ordinary civilians as part of … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 3 Comments

Cut class, cut grade

Extraordinary as it may sound, attending lectures can help you learn more – at least when it comes to economics at the University of Wollongong. The Impact of Lecture Attendance on Academic Performance in a  Large First Year Economics Course … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, Universities | 5 Comments