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MigrationWatch have posted a pitifully weak response to my criticisms of their education “report”. 1) They defend their use of cumulative figures. They say it is legitimate because the “sole objective” of the study was to calculate “pupil place requirements stemming from net migration since 1998”. Really? If the sole aim was to calculate the […]

Posted 19 Oct 2010 in Blog
By Philippe Legrain 4 COMMENTS

Another day, another twisted use of statistics by MigrationWatch. Their shock report suggests the cost of schooling migrants’ children is astrononomical. They do this: 1) By using cumulative figures. If you add up spending on anything over a long period of time, it looks much bigger than it really is. Using a single year’s statistics, […]

Posted 14 Oct 2010 in Blog
By Philippe Legrain 1 COMMENT

The notion that university students should pay for their education through a graduate tax is generally seen as a left-wing idea. Yet it isn’t a million miles away from Milton Friedman’s suggestion that people finance investment in their human capital (ie, their studies)  by selling shares in themselves (ie, in their future income). In the […]

Posted 12 Oct 2010 in Blog