Category Archives: Economics and public policy

Can countries heavily in debt ‘afford’ fiscal stimulus in the right circumstances: Hint– probably

Fiscal Stimulus and Fiscal Sustainability by Alan J. Auerbach, Yuriy Gorodnichenko – #23789 (EFG PE) Abstract: The Great Recession and the Global Financial Crisis have left many developed countries with low interest rates and high levels of public debt, thus … Continue reading

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Liberalising Marijuana laws doesn’t seem to promote use much

The Effects of Marijuana Liberalizations: Evidence from Monitoring the Future by Angela K. Dills, Sietse Goffard, Jeffrey Miron – #23779 (HE LE PE) Abstract: By the end of 2016, 28 states had liberalized their marijuana laws: by decriminalizing possession, by … Continue reading

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Meanwhile in an echo-chamber near you …

It twigged with me a few years ago just how biased economic discussion is towards things economists or their audience would like to know, rather than what economists can or do know. As with those interminable pre-match footy commentaries, economists can add very … Continue reading

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Good old Collingwood forever: Speech to the Australian Evaluation Society Annual Conference

In Memoriam: Bill Craven 1 Herewith my speech to the Australian Evaluation Society Annual Conference dinner last night, also published at The Mandarin. I In 2005 Peter Shergold, the country’s most senior public servant said this: If there were a single cultural … Continue reading

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My 60th Birthday: Let the record show …

We hurtle along the conveyor belt of life just hoping not to start hearing Frank Sinatra’s “I did it my way” ringing in our ears too soon. So it was with some trepidation that I arranged a 60th birthday party. I’d not had … Continue reading

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Some Game of Thrones Season 8 speculation

Let me indulge, purely for entertainment value, in some fan-speculation on what we will see on-screen after the Long Night is over and the final 6 episodes Of Game of Thrones are run in 2019. Let me first talk about … Continue reading

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Latest ACMA research on kids’ TV brings no comfort to Australian Producers: By Patricia and Don Edgar

The contentious issue of obligatory quotas for commercial children’s television is now under review and has polarised the industry. The commercial networks say the quotas are no longer valid as children aren’t watching and they can no longer afford them, … Continue reading

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