Monthly Archives: December 2009

Shutting gates after bolted horses

I know security measures are typically designed to catch the last terrorism attempt rather than the next one, but this is ridiculous: Transportation authorities began imposing tighter security measures at airports on Saturday and ordered new restrictions governing the activities … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally, Travel | 1 Comment

Charter 08

The news that Chinese intellectual Liu Xiaobo has been sentenced to 11 years’ jail for helping to draft Charter 08 led me to look back at the document itself, to see what it actually contained. Here are some of the … Continue reading

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ANU’s new Research School of Economics

In ten days’ time, my academic unit will cease to exist. The Economics Program at the Research School of Social Sciences (the original economics group at ANU) is merging with the School of Economics and the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic … Continue reading

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My last segment for the year on ABC Radio National’s Life Matters program was talking about Joel Waldfogel’s work on the deadweight cost of Christmas (aka Scroogenomics). The podcast should be here in a few hours. For the data wonks, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of the Family

Merit Pay Effects

For the most part, economics analyses of merit pay programs (with either individual or group incentives) have tended to find positive effects. So it’s interesting to see a new study by Pedro Martins using data from Portugal that observes the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 1 Comment

Paul Samuelson

As an econ-blogger, I’d be remiss not to mention the passing this week of one of the greats of the profession, Paul (“I don’t care who writes a nation’s laws if I can write its economics textbooks”) Samuelson. Amidst a … Continue reading

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Happiness, Love, Money, and Sex

My AFR op-ed today discusses two happiness papers by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers. Full text over the fold. 

Posted in Economics of the Family, Labour Economics, Macroeconomics | 2 Comments