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Budget 2015 was delivered yesterday, and my colleagues below take a look at this mixed bag of good and questionable decisions. But what about the overall direction of the government?...
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Housing formed one of the main cornerstones of the government’s budget. The announcements were dominated by demand-side measures, the most prominent of which was to make gains from the sale...
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Auckland City, Auckland house prices. Politically, that is the government's most immediate local government issue. The government knows RMA reform is needed to reduce its anti-subdivision bias, and the clout...
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While that pesky surplus is proving rather capricious, this year’s budget shows tentative progress towards fiscal objectives. The Initiative’s 2014 report Guarding the Public Purse, argued that greater productivity growth,...
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There was much speculation that this would be the budget that would radically transform the way the government funds and delivers social services. In a speech made earlier this year,...
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The Fiscal Responsibility Act forces government to pay attention to its expenditures. But what about the cases where government instead compels you to do the spending on its behalf? Sadly...
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This week, The New Zealand Initiative released a report assessing social impact bonds in a New Zealand context. The report identifies both opportunities and challenges. It makes a number of...
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One of the greatest advances of civilisation is also one of the least obvious: branded products. We take brands for granted because they are everywhere. People do not just drive...
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A society without government regulation is not an unregulated society. It sounds paradoxical, but I am talking about self-regulation, or self-control, or that stuffy old Victorian concept, willpower. Roy Baumeister...
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Britain went to the polls yesterday but it could be a while until we know the result. It may take even longer until we know what the result means. As...
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For anyone interested in how the private sector may be involved in improving social outcomes, Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga’s interview on TV3’s The Nation is a must watch.  The interview,...
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This week the price of an average house in Auckland reached the $800,000 mark.  The housing problem must be solved and small children might just have the answers to achieve...
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If we took seriously the dozens of reports tallying the alleged costs of every social ill, the world would seem a pretty depressing place. I would be surprised if the...
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It would have been very interesting to see what the late Lee Kwan Yew would have made of this week’s Bali Nine executions. While we can only speculate, a retrospective...
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Early last week, a friend recounted to me in gruesome detail the vicious war wounds incurred during that weekend’s rugby match. The physiotherapist bills would be expensive. The lost productivity...
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Talk about a capital gains tax (“CGT”) as a solution for the Auckland housing market has heated up again over the past couple of weeks. The Reserve Bank’s Deputy Governor,...
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There is a new kid on the block to settle cross-border commercial disputes. At the moment, when businesses negotiate a cross-border contract, they can choose between agreeing to cross-border litigation,...
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For those outside the discipline, economics is notoriously boring. From personal experience, I can attest that economics rarely makes for tantalising pub talk with anyone but the equally dedicated.  ...
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For those of you who don’t have access to the Kiwi Journalists Association’s Facebook page, a heated discussion has flared up after it was revealed Campbell Live may be axed...
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Apart from longer life expectancy, better health, improved education, a cleaner environment, better opportunities for our children and a happier country, what has economic growth ever done for New Zealanders?...
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