Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen

Biased Promotions and Persistence of False Belief

Beetles: Biased Promotions and Persistence of False Belief by George Akerlof, Pascal Michaillat – #23523 (LS PR) Abstract: This paper develops a theory of promotion based on evaluations by the already promoted. The already promoted show some favoritism toward candidates … Continue reading

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Genetic diversity is good for the economy!

High School Genetic Diversity and Later-life Student Outcomes: Micro-level Evidence from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study by C. Justin Cook, Jason M. Fletcher – #23520 (EFG LS) Abstract: A novel hypothesis posits that levels of genetic diversity in a population may … Continue reading

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Right-to-Carry Laws and Violent Crime

Right-to-Carry Laws and Violent Crime: A Comprehensive Assessment Using Panel Data and a State-Level Synthetic Controls Analysis by John J. Donohue, Abhay Aneja, Kyle D. Weber – #23510 (LE) Abstract: The 2004 report of the National Research Council (NRC) on … Continue reading

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Dinner Party in Melbourne on the 22nd June: #WAINS?

My 60th Birthday party was a blast. So as not to wait another decade till the next one, I thought I’d do it annually. But to disguise the naked egotism of it I decided to raise money for a Good … Continue reading

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Australia, New Zealand, the OECD and the better life index

Working out why the Australian economy has left New Zealand’s in the dust for the last thirty years is a bit tricky. I’ve had a go at it on this blog once before. Anyway, now New Zealand is coming back into fashion. They’ve certainly … Continue reading

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Fire and ice

Last night I came off a series of deadlines and sat in my chair, catching up on a backlog of emails. I also watched David Stratton’s series on David Stratton with some Australian Movies worked into it currently on iView (episode 2) which was … Continue reading

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The pervasive externalities of pro-social behaviour: who knew?

Spillover Effects of Institutions on Cooperative Behavior, Preferences and Beliefs By: Engl, Florian (University of Cologne) ; Riedl, Arno (Maastricht University) ; Weber, Roberto A. (University of Zurich) Abstract: Institutions are an important means for fostering prosocial behaviors, but in … Continue reading

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