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’.

Posted in Economics of Education | 5 Comments


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

Posted in Health economics | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Economics of Education | 3 Comments

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.

Posted in Economics of Education

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)

Posted in Television | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Coming Events