Tag Archives: inequality

Non-story of the week

There is an article in today’s Sun Herald on data from the government’s My School website showing that rich kids are much more likely to go to selective schools (ie academically rigorous schools with competitive entry). The article quotes a … Continue reading

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Sometimes the system works

Thank you, Premier Kristina Keneally, Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell and Nationals leader Andrew Stoner for allowing a conscience vote in the NSW lower house on the Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples) Bill (No.2). Why every vote is not a conscience … Continue reading

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What’s that about simplistic neoclassical models again?

Almost any statistic coming out of China can boggle the mind. In such a huge place, undergoing such rapid change, the sheer numbers in any area of inquiry are almost incredible. Especially to someone from the tiny peripheral nation that … Continue reading

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Ethical omnivores

Humans are descended from ancient apes, and like them (and modern apes) we are generally omnivorous. But should we still eat meat and animal products? Animal rights activist Katrina Fox doesn’t think so. It is not an easily dismissed idea … Continue reading

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Speaking of inequality…

..I came across this map of the world’s Gini coefficients at the incredible, incomparable, what-would-I-do-without-it Wikipedia. It shows in clearer form than ranks of numbers how generally there is a negative correlation between the Gini coefficient and GDP per capita. … Continue reading

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Who Gets What? Part 2

For background, see Part 1.

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Who Gets What? Part 1

I recently finished reading Who Gets What? Analysing economic inequality in Australia by Frank Stilwell and Kirrily Jordan, a present from my mother. It took me ages, partially because I was reading other things, and also because I kept getting … Continue reading

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