06 avril 2019

The Krueger/Card Studies

Very sadly, Princeton labor economist Alan Krueger died by suicide last week.  Krueger was much-loved in the profession. He produced an enormous amount of work on the minimum wage and for a couple of years served as Chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. More...

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Graduate Outcomes Data: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

For the last few years, I have been remarking on how long it is taking for graduate incomes to bounce back after the recession of the late 2000s.  Well, now there seems to be some evidence that things are finally heading back towards their pre-recession norms. More...

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That Weird Budget Commitment on Student Mobility

If you recall, way back in the middle of March, there was a federal budget (see our analysis here).  And as increasingly seems to be the case with Liberal budgets these days, there were a lot of unknowns.  Stuff that hadn’t been thought through.  Announcements on vague generalities with no actual policies behind them. More...

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Skills Accounts: Singapore

Since it’s budget time next week and everyone I know thinks we are fated to have an announcement around Individual Skills Accounts (ISAs) I thought I would give a little bit of prominence to the two countries there that have been most active this area recently and talk about their experience.  And so, today, I’ll be talking about Singapore and tomorrow, France. More...

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Best Higher Ed Scandal of the Year

Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston. More...

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Strange, Inconsistent Arguments for Free Tuition

Now, you must think about this sentence for a second.  Leave aside the fact that income tax in Canada is already relatively progressive (the top 1% of income earners pay 17.9% of all income taxes paid, the top 20% pay 64.4% of all income taxes, and 55.9% of total taxes) – no doubt one could make it more so by various contrivances if we wanted to. More...

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Excellence Initiatives

Over the past couple of decades, countries have designed policies to improve their research universities and make them more “world-class”, largely on the assumption that this will pay some kind of economic dividend. More...

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A Flawed Report on Sexual Violence

You may remember a couple of years ago I expressed some concern about the structure of a survey on sexual harassment and sexual violence being designed by the Ministry of Training Colleges and University in Ontario. More...

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Excellence vs Progress

Earlier this week, I was in Moscow at a session talking about (among other things) national excellence programs, making the point that there aren’t really that many examples of successful ones. More...

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Budget 2019 Commentary

Good morning all. Here’s your 2019 Budget Commentary ready for your review, brought to you through a globe-spanning collaboration between the team at HESA Towers and your humble correspondent pulling an all-nighter in the Arbat. We hope you enjoy it. More...

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