Category Archives: Economics and public policy

Penalty rates how valuable are they: some evidence

Valuing Alternative Work Arrangements by Alexandre Mas, Amanda Pallais – #22708 (LS) Abstract: We use a field experiment to study how workers value alternative work arrangements. During the application process to staff a national call center, we randomly offered applicants … Continue reading

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Care: the essay

This essay is the third of three starting with my essay on the Evaluator General in two parts followed by an essay responding to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into competition in human services. Part One A couple of days ago I came upon care ethics via … Continue reading

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Care

Part One Note: this post has been superseded by the full essay. A couple of days ago I came upon care ethics via Virginia Held’s book The Ethics of Care (2006) with some excitement. The ethics of care grew out of feminism, but I … Continue reading

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Health care in pets and humans: the more things change …

Looks quite interesting Is American Pet Health Care (Also) Uniquely Inefficient? by Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, Atul Gupta – #22669 (AG HC PE) Abstract: We document four similarities between American human healthcare and American pet care: (i) rapid growth in … Continue reading

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Politics and solving problems

Here’s a skilful pitch for government dollars. Why shouldn’t online appointments with medical health people be funded under Medicare. Why indeed? It’s all slickly done as you’d expect from Change.org. These guys have optimised social campaigns to a high art. Anyway, it got me … Continue reading

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Could sortition help against corruption, part II

In part 1, I looked at whether it made sense to have random individuals inserted into parliament, or to let policies be decided by juries full of randomly chosen individuals. Both were argued to be unworkable and likely to lead … Continue reading

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Why is our faith in democratic politics collapsing?

I With democracy now serving the interests of the 1%, the public are disenchanted and finally sending the elites packing – courtesy of the Brexit vote and the (relative) popularity of Donald Trump and in Australia the rising vote of minor parties. That’s the … Continue reading

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