The gentlemen’s book of etiquette: Table Etiquette “It seems a very simple thing to eat your meals, yet there is no occasion upon which the gentleman, and low-bred, vulgar man are more strongly contrasted, than when at the table … Try to sit easily and gracefully, but at the same time avoid crowding those beside you … Observe a strict sobriety; never drink of more than one kind of wine, and partake of that sparingly.”
But what if you were a woman who thought that University House is a stuffy old place and that the graceful sally and happy retort of the senior professors is BOOOOORING?
What if you were brave enough to occasionally express your feelings? What if you refused to be confined to a black and white room, be educated through black and white books, and be lectured via black and white TV?[*] For some, the only reasonable option was to leave Australia, join the World Bank, and become one of the world’s most accomplished trade economists.
I’ve been reading the paper Trade, Firms, and Wages: Theory and Evidence; by Amiti and Davis, which is forthcoming in REStud. The paper tries to understand how trade liberalisation affects wages? This is an important question in international economics, which has been studied a lot. The reason this paper is important is because it proposes a theory and confirms that theory using data (Indonesian manufacturing census data). I think that most good research programs in economics are heading in that direction.
I met Mary Amiti in 1997 at La Trobe University where we were both lecturers. Looking back at our junior Australia based cohorts I simply cannot think of an Australian economist who is now a more accomplished researcher than Amiti. The empirical/theoretical work that she did while at the University of Melbourne has had a tremendous impact. She is presently at the New York Fed.
I remember at the time, when she decided to leave Australia, being very disappointed that a person early in their career with obvious potential and an emerging record of research excellence was leaving. But the profession in Australia has changed. I think that early career researchers now can do just as well in Australia as overseas.