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I know many people who think deeply about Instrumental Variables. And many others who are afraid of AI. The two groups are disjoint.
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+Google Chrome +Google Drive  Hey Google Chrome/Drive. I'd love it if, when in a Google Document and one of my colleagues adds a page above, the focus stayed on where I was writing, rather than staying on position relative to origin. Can this be done? 
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Excellent. 
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Our latest paper is out! Australia governmentS are in a tricky position--spending pressures are growing strongly, and they can't rely on the rivers of gold that delivered revenue windfalls over the next decade. Tough decisions need to be made. We evaluate the scale of the problem. 

http://grattan.edu.au/publications/reports/post/budget-pressures-on-australian-governments/
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This post shares the video from a talk presented on 9th April 2013 by Jim Savage at Melbourne R Users. Billions of dollars a year are spent subsidising tuition of Australian university students. A controversial report last year by the … Continue reading →
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This is the most amazing, ground breaking life changing upgrade to gmail I have ever seen. Life will never be the same, Google has done it, they transfored what was a good email application to FULL ON GOD LIKE! "Blue (Da Ba De)"

Yo listen up here's a story
About a little guy that lives in a blue world
And all day and all night and everything he sees
Is just blue like him inside and outside
Blue is his house with a blue little window
And a blue corvette
And everything is blue for him and himself
And everybody around
'cause he ain't got nobody to listen to

I'm blue da ba dee da ba die...
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Australia would be better if there were more Shaun Micallef fans. 
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Our new report is out!
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First post in yonks: Using observational data, have no decent instrument, and want to do better at estimating causal effect than vanilla regression? Try using my proximity score matching algorithm. 
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Let me know when you're doing some applied micro work, and I'll give you some R code to implement it. Would be interesting to benchmark against more IV estimates. 
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Economist
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  • Grattan Institute
    Associate, 2012 - present
  • The Australian Treasury
    Economist, 2010 - 2011
  • La Trobe Uni
    Tutor/RA, 2008 - 2011
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I'm a young Australian economist, working at the Grattan Institute, a public policy think-tank in Melbourne, Australia. I don't hold any strong political views in any direction, though do hold strong views about policies.

Broadly interested in public sector economics, contracts, international monetary economics, and town planning. I'm more interested in these things when they're in countries that don't work very well. 

I do most of my work in R, which I'm finding to be amazingly versatile. If I were to give advice to my former self, it would be "do more stats/computer science courses, and become an R guru". 
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Orange, NSW - Guadalajara - Mexico City - Canberra
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Have been going there for the last year or so. Extremely happy so far.
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We have been going to Reza quite frequently for the last five years or so. The food is delicious. I've once been disappointed, but no other times. The location is odd, the decor a bit funny, but the flavours--oh! the flavours. While the meal list seems a bit pricey (at ~20 a meal), these are quite big, and come with scrumptious bread and dip. We generally work to 3 meals per four people, plus dogh (yoghurt drink), and get away with less than $20 a head. The best dishes are the badenjan (eggplant), and the sabzi kebab. Go there!
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Best--and most expensive--pub meal I've had in Melbourne. Wonderful service, good wine, OK beer, and de-lish food. Will be going back.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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