Monthly Archives: July 2009

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).

Posted in Economics of Education | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Economics of the Family | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Inequality, Macroeconomics

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

Posted in Blogging

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

Posted in Uncategorized