My latest regular email ….

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Hi all,
Another edition of my regular email. Also, I’d appreciate any compliments, brickbats, suggestions on things I should say more or less about and so on.
I’ve had a pretty busy week in terms of public events, and also some progress on the academic research front.
Following my presentation at the Australian Conference of Economists on post-school education, I talked to Steve Austin of ABC Radio Brisbane
On Sunday 30 July, I did an interview with Ten News about Shorten’s proposal to tax distributions from trusts at a minumum rate of 30 per cent. Having banged on about this topic for at least 20 years, it’s good to see some action.
On Wednesday 2 August, I was interviewed by Peter Switzer on Sky, about the Australian economy and my book, Zombie Economics. You can see the interview here
On Thursday 3 August, I gave the annual Colin Clark lecture, as an emergency substitute when the invited lecturer, Richard Holden, fell ill. Hopefully, he’ll be able to come next year. I talked on Unscrambling The Toll Road Egg: How Toll Roads Locked Irrational Pricing And Options For A More Effective Approach You can see the slides here I’ll be giving a shorter version of the talk in Sydney next week.
On Friday 4 August (today), I did an interview with Robyn McConchie of the ABC Country Hour on ways in which money currently allocated to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund, and proposed to be lent to the Adani rail line could better be spent improving the sustainability of Australian agriculture. It hasn’t appeared on the website yet.
The interview was based on a study I did for Farmers for Climate Action which is due to be released on Sunday.
Also today, I had an article in Inside Story, with the self-explanatory title Remember the nuclear renaissance? Well, it’s over
Last but not least, again on the climate front, a journal article I submitted to the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, The importance of ‘extremely unlikely’ events: Tail risk and the costs of climate change” has been accepted for publication. Adding this to the list above, I was struck by the time lags in academic research compared to writing for the public. This is an article I started in 2014, and first submitted for publication in 2016. It probably won’t appear before 2018. By contrast, my Inside Story article was written on Monday in response to a news story about the abandonment of a reactor project appearing that same day.

Blog posts
A trolley problem An unsuccessful attempt to use a philosophical thought example to discuss the case against wars of humanitarian intervention

Tertiary education should be universal, non-profit and free Self-explanatory

Unscrambling the Toll Road Egg A preview of the Sydney talk

Twitter feed

The nuclear renaissance dies, forgotten and bankrupt A short note preparing for the Inside Story Article. Also at Crooked Timber, with more discussion

One thought on “My latest regular email ….

  1. “Last but not least, again on the climate front, a journal article I submitted to the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics … I was struck by the time lags in academic research compared to writing for the public….”

    On the climate front a robertscribbler blog post this week reporting on an academic paper also happened to show the publishing delays invoved, albeit in that case a mere 8 months.
    ( Antarctic climate and ice-sheet configuration during the early Pliocene interglacial at 4.23 Ma ( Received: 22 Nov 2016 – Discussion started: 05 Dec 2016 Revised: 11 Apr 2017 – Accepted: 06 Jun 2017 – Published: 27 Jul 2017 )

    New Study Finds that Present CO2 Levels are Capable of Melting Large Portions of East and West Antarctica
    This study began the publication process in 2016 when year-end atmospheric CO2 averages hit around 405 parts per million. …

    The results show that regional variations in climate, ice-sheet geometry, and topography produce long-term sea-level contributions that are non-linear with respect to the applied forcings, and which under certain conditions exhibit threshold behaviour associated with behavioural tipping points (emphasis added).

    In the post comments is a link to an engaging short graphic, a little beauty of 32 seconds. Here’s its source: Temperature anomalies arranged by country 1900 – 2016.

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