Category Archives: Economics and public policy

Evidence based policy II: The Evaluator General

Cross posted at The Mandarin In the first part of this essay, I elaborated on evidence-based policymaking and service delivery, pointing to all manner of pathologies that must be dealt with to deliver something effective. The way in which KPIs distort reporting and … Continue reading

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Evidence based policy: Part One (a second time!)

Here’s the first of a two part essay on evidence based policy published today in the Mandarin. This part is a slightly gussied up version of a Troppo post from a month ago. The long-awaited second part will follow. Calling for … Continue reading

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Internships for the long-term unemployed – opportunity or con job?

The Coalition government’s Budget plan for internships for the long-term unemployed was instantly condemned by the trade union movement and the ALP, but given qualified support by at least some social welfare groups. Internships potentially provide a path for the … Continue reading

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TED talk manoeuvre #472: restate the problem as if it’s the answer

From BCG’s latest set of instructions: In grappling with organization design, company executives tend to draw on two venerable approaches, which can be characterized as the “hard” approach and the “soft” approach. . . . Both approaches underplay the importance … Continue reading

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Representing a public interest organisation? The case of Gillian Triggs

When I was on the Productivity Commission (which until just before I left was the Industry Commission) I recall thinking quite carefully about who exactly was talking when I was conducting a hearing. I was clearly representing the Commission. Then again … Continue reading

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For he that hath … Education edition

 The Long-term Consequences of Teacher Discretion in Grading of High-stakes Tests by Rebecca Diamond, Petra Persson This paper analyzes the long-term consequences of teacher discretion in grading of high-stakes tests.  Evidence is currently lacking, both on which students receive test score manipulation and … Continue reading

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Social Value Capture: an idea whose time has come

Following innovations in the UK and New Zealand, some of Australia’s more forward looking State governments are looking at two related innovations. The first is ‘social investment’ with social impact bonds leading the vanguard. Social impact bonds As Wikipedia tells us, … Continue reading

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