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Archive for March 5th, 2007

Missing Sync + iCal = Works

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I should have made the move a long time ago, but after a minor glitch – I managed to erase all appointments on my Palm (d’oh…!) – I finally have a good syncronisation with iCal and Address Book via the Missing Sync.The next question is if I can make it work on the PowerBook as well and if syncronising my office Dell sc…s up things completely.

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March 5th, 2007 at 7:03 pm

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Getting Rid of Tenure

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Stephen Leavitt – of Freakanomics fame – suggests that US universities should abandon the concept of tenure:

It would have to pay the faculty a little extra to stay in a department without an insurance policy in the form of tenure. Importantly, though, the value of tenure is inversely related to how good you are. If you are way over the bar, you face almost no risk if tenure is abolished. So the really good people would require very small salary increases to compensate for no tenure, whereas the really bad, unproductive economists would need a much bigger subsidy to remain in a department with tenure gone. This works out fantastically well for the university because all the bad people end up leaving, the good people stay, and other good people from different institutions want to come to take advantage of the salary increase at the tenure-less school. If the U of C told me that they were going to revoke my tenure, but add $15,000 to my salary, I would be happy to take that trade. I’m sure many others would as well. By dumping one unproductive, previously tenured faculty member, the University could compensate ten others with the savings.

It may be worth noting that Sweden and Denmark formally, if not de facto, have abandoned tenure in universities – lecturers and professors are hired on ordinary salaried contracts and can be fired on the same reasons that apply on the labour market in general.

Unfortunately, we haven’t seen the pay rises Leavitt is promising.

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March 5th, 2007 at 5:24 pm

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Jagtvej 69: A Different Angle

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Lisbeth Knudsen reminds us that the house on Jagtvej 69 – which is being demolished today – has a past: In 1910 the first International Women’s Congress convened in the house and proclaimed 8 March International Women’s Day. (In Danish, the day is know as Kvindernes internationale kampdag. Spot the difference).

Resources in Danish: Kvinfo, Dansk historisk fællesråd.

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March 5th, 2007 at 4:55 pm

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OECD on Integration in Denmark

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Anything related to immigration and integration policies in Denmark is highly charged politically. This also goes for the latest OECD report on labour market integration of immigrants and their descendants.

According to one interpretation, Denmark is criticised for having the widest gap between the labour market participation frequencies of Danes and immigrants. According to another interpretation, Denmark is lauded for addressing the problem of labour market participation.

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March 5th, 2007 at 4:40 pm

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