Category Archives: Blogging

Mad props

Congratulations to Larvartus Prodeo and Tim Blair, Crikey blogs of the year. And if you want to vote for best Australian/New Zealand blog (contenders include John Quiggin, Tim Blair, Andrew Bartlett and Andrew Bolt), you’d better go here before Dec 15.

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As ye judge

I guess it had to happen. Andrew Bolt has invited his blog readers to comment on the ‘beauty’ of Amy and myself. Update 1: Sometime this afternoon, Amy’s picture seems to have been replaced by a distorted photo of Moreland … Continue reading

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The Missing Link

Over at Club Troppo, Ken Parish has been doing a tri-weekly series of posts (Mon, Wed, Fri) called “The Missing Link” that summarise what he reckons is the best of the Australian independent blogosphere. It’s a cracker read, and you … Continue reading

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Sometimes, perspective isn't such a good thing

Brian Gongol has updated his rankings of worldwide economics and business blogs. Ranked by pageviews, this blog is the 41st most popular economics blog in the world. According to Brian, if Marginal Revolution is the New York Times of the … Continue reading

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Back on the Blog

Returning from Fraser Island, where my wife and I eloped for a few days to celebrate her 30th birthday, I discover I’ve missed 150 emails, a couple of dozen blog comments, and a -2 degree cold snap in Canberra. It may … Continue reading

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New econblogger on the block

Peter Martin, one of my favourite Australian economics journalists, has: (a) moved to Canberra, and (b) started a blog. Check out his recent posts on how the media reforms have made Australia’s richest man a billion dollars richer, how journalists … Continue reading

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The elasticity of promotions with respect to blog output is approximately zero

Commentary on academic bloggers in the United States tends to give the sense that university promotions committees regard blogging as either a big plus or a big minus. I’ve never had much data to go on in Australia, but I went … Continue reading

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I posted some time ago about Economy-Chat, a compilation of economics blogs. Now another aggregation site, BlogNetBiz, has gotten into the act. The two sites use a slightly different mix of blog feeds, so if you like reading a bunch … Continue reading

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Next time someone asks you “what’s the point of blogs?”, you can answer “well, there’s one case in the US where they might have saved a guy from being executed”.

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Where to learn about churn and burn

For one of the most interesting welfare debates in Australia this year, check out this thread at Club Troppo. It exhibits many of the things I love about the Ozblogosphere: contributions from people on both sides of the political fence, … Continue reading

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Norton Goes Solo

Andrew Norton, formerly of Catallaxy*, has struck out with a solo blog (“Observations from Carlton’s lone classical liberal”). Andrew’s a mate, and in my view one of the best public intellectuals on the conservative side of politics. He’s kicked off with … Continue reading

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Around the blogs

Malcolm Gladwell has two posts on the blogosphere and academic writing. I agree with him 100%. Joshua Gans argues that An Inconvenient Truth is the perfect kids’ movie. Fred Argy reckons that Australia has too much “upper class welfare”. Yobbo’s … Continue reading

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An interesting thing seems to have happened this week. I’ve discovered that comments I post on other Australian blogs – Club Troppo, John Quiggin, Joshua Gans, Road to Surfdom – are immediately eaten by the spam filter. My guess is … Continue reading

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Write Up

I’ve started using Windows Live Writer – thanks to JG for the tip.

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I’ve finally gotten around to dropping all my posts from the Imagining Australia blog into this one, so the archive in the sidebar now covers July 2004 onwards. The comments also seem to have come across ok. The only downside … Continue reading

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Dr Blog

A friend of my wife’s is a medical doctor in the US, and has taken up blogging as Chloe, MD. She writes poignantly, and I hope she will post more often. I’ve added her to the blogroll.

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Academia online

The Australian’s Higher Education supplement today has a piece by Bernard Lane on academic blogging (quoting Mark B and Ken P), and another piece by yours truly on why academics should put papers on their websites, and blog, if so inclined. … Continue reading

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Short day, long blog

John Quiggin, one of my main role models on the Ozblogosphere, reports that his blog is four years old today. He’s chalked up about 3000 posts and 50,000 comments. He modestly notes “No doubt, much of the content has been ephemeral or … Continue reading

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John Quiggin had an excellent article on social production in Friday’s AFR. His conclusions: First, if monetary returns are weakly, or even negatively correlated with the value of social production, there’s no reason to expect capital markets to do a good … Continue reading

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Around the blogs

Harry at Crooked Timber asks “Are divorced opponents of gay marriage hypocrites?” John Quiggin discusses the vexed issue of employment in remote Aboriginal communities. For the next 30 days, Steve Levitt will pay $100 to any stranger who recognises him. Here’s … Continue reading

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Scholarship, blogging and trade-offs

Eugene Volokh has just put out a paper on academic blogging. The conclusion is unsatisfying, but the article is enjoyable. I especially like his definition of “blegging”, denoting the practice of academics asking their readers for help (blogging+begging).

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Apologies for not posting for a couple of days. As Kim W so eloquently put it the other day: life trumps blogging. My brother had a nasty motorbike accident on Tuesday night, so we were up in Sydney with him. … Continue reading

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Critic critiqued

Guy Rundle says silly things about blogs. Mark Bahnisch responds. John Quiggin and Tim Dunlop pile on. OK folks, nothing more to see here, move along, please….

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I’ve added a subscription option to the sidebar, so if you prefer to get your updates in your inbox, feel free to sign up. (Thanks to Tim Dunlop for advice on setting this up.)

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Blogosphere today, MSM tomorrow

In today’s Australian, Bernard Lane has a concise writeup of my paper with Bruce Chapman on HECS bunching. I understand that he first noticed the paper via the very active discussion on this blog.

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At risk of sending thee to a place from whence thou shalt never return…. Ian Holsman has set up Economy-Chat, using RSS feeds to consolidate 22 econ-blogs (including this one). It’s very good.

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EPP – blog feedback

Over the past three months, I’ve been using this blog (and its predecessor) to post additional readings for my MBS Economics & Public Policy class. I’m now keen to get feedback from the class on how well this has worked. … Continue reading

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I’ve joined the associates program, so if you click on a book link from this site, I’ll get 4% of the royalties. If you’re thinking of stocking a library, feel free to email to discuss commission-sharing opportunities…..

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Harry Clarke

I’ve added Harry Clarke’s Kalimna to the blogroll. Particularly embarassing that he wasn’t there before, given that he is (I’m pretty sure) the only head of an Australian economics department currently residing on the blogosphere. Plenty of good stuff on his … Continue reading

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