Category Archives: Crime

LSE’s Stephen Machin to deliver public policy evaluation Winter school at O’Reilly’s, Gold Coast

Economists will often caution that correlation does not necessarily imply causation, or that causation may not run the way you expect. So, for example, the negative correlation between educational attainment and crime, that more educated people are less likely to … Continue reading

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Brunswick St Mall should have been re-opened to traffic

The Brunswick St Mall facelift is now complete (see Brisbane Times coverage), but I remain of the view that the Mall should have been re-opened to traffic instead. From an economic perspective, I suspect the costs of having a mall … Continue reading

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Did the financial crisis lead to an increase in Queensland’s crime rate?

Under its open data policy, the Queensland Government yesterday released a very interesting data set on criminal offences on a monthly basis since July 1997. Recalling the work of Nobel laureate Gary Becker on the economic determinants of crime, I … Continue reading

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Alcohol restrictions may help, but Gold Coast really needs more police

Ever since I was punched in the back of the head by a drunken idiot at Canberra’s Uni Pub the weekend prior to Easter in 2008, I’ve believed that alcohol-related violence is a major issue in Australia and demands a … Continue reading

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Are there too many prosecutions in Queensland?

There were over 184,000 defendants whose cases were finalised in Queensland courts last financial year, compared with around 169,000 in NSW, as reported in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’s Criminal Courts publication released on Thursday. Given NSW’s population is much … Continue reading

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