Monthly Archives: July 2009

Do Teachers Matter?

A psychology study hit the headlines last Friday under the banner ‘Teacher quality makes little difference, study shows’.

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My oped today was on the economics of dieting. Full text over the fold.

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The Other Idiot Box, Part II

One of our ANU RSSS visitors, Jacob Vigdor, has an opinion piece in today’s Australian about the (negative) impact of home computer use on test scores. He writes: Why should we believe, though, that the true effects are negative? The … Continue reading

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Wryside Economics of Education

My second Wryside Economics talk on ABC Radio National Life Matters today was on two big issues in the economics of education – conditional cash transfers and class size reductions. If you’re interested, you can download it here.

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More Evidence on Cash 4 Class

A recent randomised evaluation from Wisconsin has potential application to the debate over Australian proposals to link school attendance to income support. Conditional Cash Penalties in Education: Evidence from the Learnfare Experiment (stable link, ungated link) by Thomas Dee Wisconsin’s … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, Inequality | 2 Comments

The 123s of the 456

We’ve just finished watching Torchwood’s new “Children of Earth” series… (Spoiler over the fold)

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The Other Idiot Box

Jacob Vigdor, a Duke University economist who does terrific work on education, segregation and immigration, is presently visiting ANU. He’s giving a talk on Friday – details below. Scaling the Digital Divide: Home Computer Technology and Student Achievement (with Charles … Continue reading

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The Practical Tradeoff Between Class Size and Teacher Quality

My AFR oped today is on class size and teacher quality. Full text over the fold (with hyperlinks for anyone who wants more detail on the research).

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The Costs of Comparative Advantage

The New York Times editors ask 5 experts on marriage how Ruth Madoff, Bernie Madoff’s wife, could not have known about his fraud. Perhaps I need to get out more, but the only one that makes any sense to me … Continue reading

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Health risks among Vietnam veterans have been overplayed…

…at least, according to new research on mortality by Dalton Conley and Jennifer Heerwig. Their empirical strategy relies on the random nature of the draft lottery, so it’s pretty convincing. Abstract below. The Long-Term Effects of Military Conscription on Mortality: … Continue reading

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Inequality and Growth

I have a new paper out with Dan Andrews and Christopher Jencks, on the relationship between inequality and growth. We reach a finding that is pretty standard in this literature – when we restrict the sample to 1960-2000, more inequality … Continue reading

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Comments Policy

A commenter recently reminded me that I haven’t explicitly stated a comments policy for this blog. Since I haven’t gotten around to revamping the sidebar, let me simply post my guidelines: Please aim to keep comments civil, concise and relevant. … Continue reading

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Wry-side economics

I’ve started a regular gig on ABC Radio National, chatting about new economics research with Richard Aedy on Life Matters. The first episode was this morning – speaking about creative lifecycles. You can listen to it here. I’ll be back … Continue reading

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