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May 27, 2021: Public servants wrongly told to avoid political activity, says Labor MP Andrew Leigh and space race could see Australia as dedicated space ambassador

The Canberra Times Today

Today is May 27, 2021 and this is your daily news briefing from The Canberra Times. In today’s update, public servants have been wrongly told to avoid activity involving the Labor party, despite rules saying bureaucrats are free to participate in some political activities, local MP Andrew Leigh has told a senior official, and Australia needs a dedicated space ambassador and more space literate public servants capable of recognising smart policy opportunities in the new space race, says a report from the National Security College.

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26 May 2021

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Autumn Series 1 - Andrew Leigh MP and Anabel Cruz, on civil space and advocacy

Good Will Hunters

Welcome to our first episode of the Good Will Hunters Autumn Series: The Future of the NGO. This series is presented with generous sponsorship from Alinea-Whitelum. Learn more about their work here https://alineawhitelum.com In this episode, hosts Rachel Mason Nunn and Paul Ronalds speak with Anabel Cruz and Andrew Leigh MP on increasing restrictions on civil society. In particular, we ask how do NGOs continue to advocate in an increasingly antagonistic political environment? Anabel Cruz is the Founder Director of the Communication and Development Institute (ICD) of Uruguay, a civil society organisation with more than 26 years of experience in strengthening civil society and citizen participation. Anabel was also Chair of the Board of CIVICUS. Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to this, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. Relevant Links:https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2021/democracy-under-siege https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/2/18/21112012/liberals-conservatives-american-politics-eitan-hersh https://civilvoices.com.au/ https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2017/12/advocacy-threat-nfps-engage-self-silencing/The episode is presented with support from Alinea-Whitelum.Enjoy the episode,The GWH Team

36mins

25 Apr 2021

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Why effective altruism is central to rebuilding social capital and egalitarianism | Andrew Leigh MP

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Over the past few decades, many advanced nations have become more disconnected. People have fewer friends, join fewer organisations, and are less likely to be members of political parties, churches and unions. At the same time, inequality is on the rise. By focusing on rigorous impact, effective altruism can boost the quality and quantity of philanthropy, helping to replace individualism and isolation with collectivism and cooperation.Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Arts and Law. Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and a past recipient of the ‘Young Economist Award’, a prize given every two years by the Economics Society of Australia to the best economist under 40.His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014), The Luck of Politics (2015), Choosing Openness: Why Global Engagement is Best for Australia (2017), Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World (2018), Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator (with Joshua Gans) (2019) and Reconnected: A Community Builder’s Handbook (with Nick Terrell) (2020). Andrew is a keen marathon runner, and hosts a podcast titled “The Good Life: Andrew Leigh in Conversation”, which is available on Apple Podcasts.Andrew is the father of three sons – Sebastian, Theodore and Zachary, and lives with his wife Gweneth in Canberra. He has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1991.This talk was taken from EA Global Asia and Pacific 2020. Click here to watch the talk on the Centre for Effective Altruism YouTube channel.

25mins

23 Apr 2021

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SE4 EP39 Andrew Leigh (Member of Parliament)

The Aussie Runner Podcast

What do an economics professor, author, podcast host, Member of Parliament & a 2:42 marathon PB all have in common? … Jez & Damo have a fascinating chat to Andrew Leigh MP and cover: how to use randomised studies to improve your running, why they show compression socks work,  whether you should use cushioned over stability shoes, how the nike 4% could turn back your age related performance decline and it’s definitely the first time the word egalitarianism (or any 14 letter word for that matter) is used in the podcast, oh & the boys finally confirm that Beer is technically a super food.

48mins

7 Jun 2020

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In Conversation with Andrew Leigh MP: How will COVID-19 Shape the Progressive Agenda for Australia's Future.

Progressive Ideas Worth Sharing

How will COVID-19 Shape the Progressive Agenda for Australia's FutureJoin the Australian Fabians and Andrew Leigh MP as we talk through the topic of 'How will COVID-19 Shape the Progressive Agenda for Australia's Future'.

58mins

6 May 2020

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Andrew Leigh, "Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World" (Yale UP, 2018)

New Books in Science

From the unending quest to turn metal into gold to the major discoveries that reveal how the universe works, experiments have always been a critical part of the hard sciences. In recent decades social scientists have started to catch up and the results are shifting the way we do nearly everything. Randomized control trials, called RCT’s, have a logic so simple that anyone can understand how they work and even run them themselves. It’s simple. You come up with an idea to get something to happen. You take a group of subjects and randomly split it in half. You try your idea on one group and leave the other group alone. The difference in outcomes will tell you if your idea works or not.In Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World (Yale University Press, 2018), Andrew Leigh demonstrated the impact that social scientists are making with this powerful tool. From opportunity experiments to changing your socks, researchers are putting old ideas to the test and finding out what works and what doesn’t. The book reads like a series of interesting examples places beautifully together to shed light on how it is that we can be better at finding out what we do and do not know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/science

41mins

26 Mar 2020

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Andrew Leigh, "Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World" (Yale UP, 2018)

New Books in Economics

From the unending quest to turn metal into gold to the major discoveries that reveal how the universe works, experiments have always been a critical part of the hard sciences. In recent decades social scientists have started to catch up and the results are shifting the way we do nearly everything. Randomized control trials, called RCT’s, have a logic so simple that anyone can understand how they work and even run them themselves. It’s simple. You come up with an idea to get something to happen. You take a group of subjects and randomly split it in half. You try your idea on one group and leave the other group alone. The difference in outcomes will tell you if your idea works or not.In Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World (Yale University Press, 2018), Andrew Leigh demonstrated the impact that social scientists are making with this powerful tool. From opportunity experiments to changing your socks, researchers are putting old ideas to the test and finding out what works and what doesn’t. The book reads like a series of interesting examples places beautifully together to shed light on how it is that we can be better at finding out what we do and do not know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/economics

41mins

26 Mar 2020

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Andrew Leigh on coronanomics

Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny chats to Dr Andrew Leigh, Member for Fenner in the ACT and former economics professor at the Australian National University about the economics of the coronavirus.Can the world’s politicians find coronavirus solutions that are good for public health and for the economy? Why are people panic buying and what should supermarkets do about it? Should Australia be closing its schools? And could an upside of coronavirus be the end of ‘hot-desking’? We tackle these questions and more on this this Democracy Sausage Second Serve.Dr Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities. Prior to being elected in 2010, he was a Professor of Economics at The Australian National University.Professor Mark Kenny is a Senior Fellow in the ANU Australian Studies Institute. He came to the university after a high-profile journalistic career including six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times.Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny is available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to podcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group.This podcast is produced in partnership with The Australian National University.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

20 Mar 2020

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In Conversation with Andrew Leigh

Experience ANU

Andrew Leigh is in conversation with Brian Schmidt on Andrew's new book with Joshua Gans, Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator.Is economic inequality the price we pay for innovation? The amazing technological advances of the last two decades-in such areas as artificial intelligence, genetics, and materials-have benefited society collectively and rewarded innovators handsomely: we get cool smartphones and technology moguls become billionaires. This contributes to a growing wealth gap; in the United States; the wealth controlled by the top 0.1 percent of households equals that of the bottom ninety percent. Is this the inevitable cost of an innovation-driven economy?Joshua Gans and Andrew Leigh make the case that pursuing innovation does not mean giving up on equality-precisely the opposite. In this book, they outline ways that society can become both more entrepreneurial and more egalitarian.All innovation entails uncertainty; there's no way to predict which new technologies will catch on. Therefore, Joshua Gans and Andrew Leigh argue, rather than betting on the future of particular professions, we should consider policies that embrace uncertainty and protect people from unfavourable outcomes. To this end, they suggest policies that promote both innovation and equality.

1hr

4 Feb 2020

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Innovation + Equality with Dr Andrew Leigh MP

Economics Explored

Australian economist and federal Member of Parliament Dr Andrew Leigh is interviewed about his new book with co-author Professor Joshua Gans Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future that is More Star Trek than Terminator, published by MIT Press in 2019. This wide-ranging conversation covers a range of issues, including labour market impacts of digital disruption, universal basic income, and how to improve teacher effectiveness, among other issues.Use these timestamps to jump right to the highlights:4:20 – impact of AI and automation on jobs9:50 – criticisms of Universal Basic Income – fiscal critique and the fact work brings meaning – in which Andrew mentions Blanchflower and Oswald study Wellbeing over time in Britain and the USA11:05 – Andrew advises young people not to over-specialise15:20 – innovation is generally good for the economy and society, so Andrew rejects Bill Gates’s robot tax idea (see this Business Insider article)19.05 – Gene asks Andrew about Nicholas Gruen’s idea about public private partnerships for digital public goods (e.g. listen to Economics Explained episode 7)24:00 – Andrew tells us how we can connect with him, including by listening to his Good Life podcast24:40 – discussion of how to improve teach effectiveness, in which Gene asks about teachers’ unions and performance-based/teacher merit pay; check out Andrew’s 2012 paper The economics and politics of teacher merit pay (NB Gene mangled the end of his question, but Andrew got the gist of it, thankfully)28:45 – Andrew proposes assessing teacher quality policy measures via Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) This episode was recorded on 20 January 2020 via Skype.

31mins

29 Jan 2020

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