Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen

Results of equal opportunity programs that will MAKE YOU GASP!!

Do Equal Employment Opportunity Statements Backfire? Evidence From A Natural Field Experiment On Job-Entry Decisions by Andreas Leibbrandt, John A. List – #25035 (LE LS) Labor force composition and the allocation of talent remain of vital import to modern economies. … Continue reading

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Peer learning and financial education

Peer Advice on Financial Decisions: A case of the blind leading the blind? by Sandro Ambuehl, B. Douglas Bernheim, Fulya Ersoy, Donna Harris – #25034 (PE) Previous research shows that many people seek financial advice from non-experts, and that peer … Continue reading

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Imagine if policy makers understood what Nancy Cartwright says here, rather than thinking that the elements of evidence-based policy are self-evident

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Me at the Australian Institute of Family Studies

The AIFS puts on a mean Annual Conference. They fussed over us speakers trying to make sure we weren’t just a bunch of talking heads. I would have liked to have attended more of it, but had another conference at which I had … Continue reading

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The decline and fall of Australian economics

I reproduce here a fine review of what seems like a fine book. I’m not buying the book because of the outrageous price the academic publishers are charging. It’s an interesting story of practical contribution – economics as clarified policy commonsense … Continue reading

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The Royal Commission and the wages of complacency: Scandals as far as the eye can see

In 1943, back working where he’d been during the first world war, the now-famous economist John Maynard Keynes wrote to a friend: Here I am back… in the Treasury like a recurring decimal — but with one great difference. In … Continue reading

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Monetary policy settings: hawks, doves and the seat of the pants

What’s at stake in monetary policy? The most obvious answer is “jobs and growth” – to coin a phrase. The idea is that, by meeting its target of low and steady (2-3%) inflation, the RBA tries also to keep us as … Continue reading

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