Monthly Archives: May 2009

Will the right be alright?

For politix junkies, I can highly recommend Andrew Norton’s two posts on whether the Posner thesis of conservatism’s collapse applies in Australia as it does in the US (shorter AN: no).

Posted in Australian Politics | 2 Comments

A Better Crystal Ball

My oped today is on prediction markets. You can’t put acknowledgements on opeds, but if you could, this one would have read “Thanks to Nicholas Gruen and Robin Hanson for valuable comments on an earlier draft.” Not sure what my … Continue reading

Posted in Health economics, Macroeconomics, Prediction Markets | 6 Comments

Tall Story

Michael Kortt and I have a new paper out, looking at the relationship between body size and wages. Here’s the abstract (click on the title for the full paper): Does Size Matter in Australia? Michael Kortt & Leigh We estimate … Continue reading

Posted in Labour Economics | 5 Comments

The Black-White Test Score Gap Downunder

(xposted @ Core) Discussing NT schools, the CIS’s Helen Hughes writes: This week all Australian children in school years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat numeracy and literacy tests for the second time. The tests are to give Australians an … Continue reading

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RBA Essay Competition 2009

Adrian Wong has asked me to remind students about the RBA Essay Competition, open to citizens and permanent residents of Australia who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited Australian university. This year’s topic should be a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Marlboro Man or Winnie Blue?

The new political debate over tobacco taxes has got me wondering: are smokers more likely to vote for parties of the right (because they believe in individual liberty) or parties of the left (because they tend to be poorer than … Continue reading

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Let’s get fiscal

Three months ago, Christine Neill wrote on Core Economics: If you ask a reduced-form applied microeconomist like myself whether more government spending decreases unemployment, we have two initial instincts:(1) do some experimenting with an entire economy (perhaps not completely impossible, … Continue reading

Posted in Macroeconomics | 1 Comment