Newsleter Online October2004

Issue no. 127

This provides links to selected items from issue no.127, October 2007. It is part of a continuing project to make available selected material from issues before no.156, January 2012.


Features

The Economist's economists
After 13 years writing mainly on economics on the staff of The Guardian and 20 on The Economist, Frances Cairncross left at the end of August to become the Rector of Exeter College, Oxford. Here, she describes life at The Economist — and the way 1960s architecture helped to create one of the world’s most international magazines.

Student standards in economics in Australia
In this article, Peter Abelson reports on a survey of student standards in Australian universities conducted by the Economic Society of Australia. The full report on the survey, including the survey questionnaire, can be found on the Society website: www.ecosoc.org.au. Peter Abelson is Secretary of the Economic Society of Australia and a Professor in the Department of Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney.


Correspondence

Letter from America - Unequal treatment, unequal incomes, and race
While large-scale income inequality goes largely unremarked in the USA, the same is not true for inequalities in health. In his latest letter from America, Angus Deaton questions the conventional explanation — that largely white physicians discriminate in various ways agains ethnic minority patients. In practice, recent research shows, there is an informal apartheid system — some physicians treat whites, and other, different doctors, treat blacks. The problem is that the doctors who treat blacks are generally less well-qualified and have access to poorer resources.

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