Monthly Archives: September 2007

A Taste of ANU Economics Scholarships

The Economics Program in the Research School of Social Sciences is offering a handful of scholarships for research-inclined Honours and Masters students to attend forthcoming economics conferences at the Australian National University (we’ve called them “A Taste of ANU Economics”). … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally, Universities

Do economists make good ambassadors?

The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program is looking for economists. Details over the fold. In terms of world social welfare, there’s probably no better place for young economists to be devoting their energies than international development, so if you’re … Continue reading

Posted in Jobs, Trade & Development | 4 Comments


Another terrific paper from Steven Levitt – this one coauthored with Roland Fryer, one of America’s top young economists. They’ve turned their attention to the economics of the KKK. Hatred and Profits: Getting Under the Hood of the Ku Klux Klan … Continue reading

Posted in Social Capital, US Politics | 1 Comment

Conversations about Capitalism

In the latest issue of Reason Magazine, economist Deirdre McCloskey has a beautifully-penned article about Galbraith, Schumpeter, economics and rhetoric. Definitely worth a read, particularly the parts about Galbraith’s zingers and Schumpeter’s three great ambitions.

Posted in Economics Generally, What I'm Reading | 8 Comments

Family Ties

A casual comment in an email from my coauthor Christine Neill made me realise that I’d forgotten to blog on this – very cool – paper. My favourite summary statistic is that 9% of US Congressional representatives have close relatives who also … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics, US Politics | 5 Comments

Good Times

The New York Times, a newspaper that some of us rather like, has just announced that it’s bringing down its paywall. As the article states: In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make … Continue reading

Posted in Media | 11 Comments

Delaying Has Costs Too

Andrew Norton today posts on the impact of delaying the start of university by a year. As he points out, we don’t have very good evidence on the causal impact, but it looks like taking a gap year may lead … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, Universities | 13 Comments