Monthly Archives: August 2009

A bettor way of forecasting the future

My Wryside Economics talk today was on prediction markets. If you’re interested, you can download it from the ABC website.

Posted in Prediction Markets

More Random Musings

I’m attending a Productivity Commission roundtable in Canberra today on the topic ‘Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy in the Australian Federation’. In an attempt to provoke, my paper is titled Evidence-Based Policy: Summon the Randomistas?. Full text here. I’ll have a month … Continue reading

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Pollie Pay

My Wryside Economics talk on politicians pay can be downloaded here. I’d also recommend Tanveer Ahmed’s discussion of why electro-convulsive therapy should be more common.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Of Peanuts and Monkeys

My Life Matters Wryside Economics chat tomorrow will be on ABC Radio National, probably starting around 9.20/9.30am. I’ll be speaking about politicians’ pay.

Posted in Coming Events

Babies at the Ballot Box

Voters may say that baby-faced pollies look less competent, but they still seem to vote for them. From a new Finnish study: Faces of Politicians: Babyfacedness Predicts Inferred Competence but Not Electoral Success Panu Poutvaara, Henrik Jordahl and Niclas Berggren … Continue reading

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