Monthly Archives: October 2009

One for the road

It’s fashionable to disparage the US for having a legal drinking age of 21. But there’s pretty solid evidence to suggest that Australia could save lives by following suit. From a new research paper: Long Term Effects of Minimum Legal … Continue reading

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Ed Links

Some new education-related links: David Brooks on the willingness of the Obama-Duncan team to push radical school reform Elena Silva on re-organising teachers’ work to make schools more effective (use of teams, integrating on-the-job training, removing needless admin tasks). Andrew … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education

More op-ed tips

A few years ago, I put together a list of tips for budding opinion piece writers. My friend Dalton Conley (an NYU sociologist who thinks like an economist) has just emailed me his own set of suggestions, which are much … Continue reading

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Sprawling Waistlines

When your city spreads out, so does your paunch – at least according to new work from the NBER stable. Their IV strategy seems credible, suggesting that the relationship is probably causal. Effects of Urban Sprawl on Obesity (unstable ungated, … Continue reading

Posted in Health economics, Urban Economics | 2 Comments

Policy Exchange

Steve Thomas was one of the four who won a free ticket to attend Per Capita’s annual Policy Exchange conference. Here’s his views on the event: I enjoyed Policy Exchange because of how it provided an opportunity to present and … Continue reading

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Let’s get fiscal

My Wryside Economics segment on ABC Radio National this morning is about fiscal policy. I’ll be on about 9.15am, and will post the mp3 link when it’s up. Update: The audio can be downloaded here. My statement about the political … Continue reading

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The unkindest cut

My AFR op-ed today is on education and the economic “downturn” (formerly known as the Australian recession). Full text over the fold, along with all the usual hyperlinks. Much thanks (but no responsibility) to Andrew Norton, who helped me understand … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, Macroeconomics, Universities | 3 Comments