Category Archives: Economics and public policy

Patents and Innovation in Economic History

This is commonsense, but fortunately less crude economic methodology than has been pursued hitherto seems to be uncovering it: Abstract: A strong tradition in economic history, which primarily relies on qualitative evidence and statistical correlations, has emphasized the importance of … Continue reading

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SMSFs and red tape

Regulation has a special place in the heart of this blog and superannuation is a particular fave. I’ve offered some connoisseurship of Self Managed Super Fund regulation in the past. I could say that this takes the cake, but really it’s just … Continue reading

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Organising a stimulus ≠ organising a ball: #TheInterview.

I haven’t the time to write this up, right now, though I’d like to, but here’s an mp3 file of my first regular interview of the year with Alex Sloan on Canberra ABC Radio which was a nice rollicking ramble on … Continue reading

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In poor communities disadvantaged boys do worse than girls: not to mention being a menace to the community (In the US)

Childhood Environment and Gender Gaps in Adulthood by Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Frina Lin, Jeremy Majerovitz, Benjamin Scuderi – #21936 (CH ED LS PE) We show that differences in childhood environments play an important role in shaping gender gaps in … Continue reading

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The internet of money wherefore art thou?

My forward to Deloitte’s second report on digital money - The future of exchanging value: Cryptocurrencies and the trust economy. Exchanging value Ice becomes water when warmed. Only familiarity prevents us from marvelling at the mysteriousness of this ‘phase change’, as … Continue reading

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Open, decentralised systems of collective intelligence and action: onwards and upwards

David Brin offers a usefully concise means for distinguishing liberalism from what liberalism became within just a few years from Adam Smith’s death - the worship of private property or as Brin puts it “today’s idolatry of personal and family wealth … Continue reading

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Teacher pay: teacher productivity

Double for Nothing? Experimental Evidence on the Impact of an Unconditional Teacher Salary Increase on Student Performance in Indonesia by Joppe de Ree, Karthik Muralidharan, Menno Pradhan, Halsey Rogers – #21806 (CH DEV ED LS PE) Abstract: How does a large unconditional … Continue reading

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