Final Eric Crampton

Dr Eric Crampton

Chief Economist

Dr Eric Crampton is the Chief Economist at The New Zealand Initiative and co-author of The Case for Economic Growth. Dr Crampton served as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics & Finance at the University of Canterbury from November 2003 until July 2014. He is also the creator and author of the well-known blog “Offsetting Behaviour”.

Latest reports:
Score! Transforming NCEA Data (2018)
Recipe for disaster: Building policy on shaky ground (2018)
Analog Regulation, Digital World (2017)
The Outside of the Asylum: A New Zealander’s guide to the world out there (2017)
Decade of Debt: The Cost of Interest-free Student Loans (2016)
Deadly Heritage (2016)
In the Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity (2015)
The Case for Economic Growth (2015)

Phone: +64 4 499 0790


Recent Work

Remote control

A beautiful broadcasting anachronism

For those of us of a certain age, part of the thrill of staying up late as a kid was getting to see and hear things on television that did not air during afternoon cartoons. Before 9pm, one set of rules applied. After 9pm was the so-called ‘watershed’, well, things were different – especially on the French version of Canada’s public broadcaster. None of the words you’d hear on late-night television were new, but there was still a thrill to... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
5 April, 2019

They say time is relative... Distance is too

Last week feels like it was a year ago. And the past week has made the world feel a little smaller. Last night, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada from 2006 through 2015, addressed members and guests of the Initiative at our annual retreat. We found that Laureen, Prime Minister Harper’s wife, had lived in Christchurch as a young woman. Streets and buildings that stood as backdrop in news scenes playing in international media, for the second... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
22 March, 2019

Hipsters need nametags

Wellington is a small place. Everybody complains they’re always running into people they know, that it’s hard for young people to date people who haven’t been dated by their friends already, and that it’s impossible to have an impromptu coffee at Astoria without being recognised by some journalist. Maybe that’s what’s behind the hipster drive for anonymity through identical non-conformity. Two weeks ago, MIT Technology Review wrote a piece explaining an older research article claiming to show why non-conformists, hipsters... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
15 March, 2019
Canada flag + parliament

Oh Canada

Partisanship is a powerful and deadly drug. Canada is the latest in a too-lengthy list of places badly in need of rehab. In response to harsh criticism of his involvement in and handling of a corruption scandal, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told his Party’s supporters this week his policy agenda is too important to risk. Canadian political parties have been too quick to identify the good of the party with the good of the country. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
8 March, 2019

People struggling to resell concert tickets due to scammers

Reselling concert tickets is now a challenging problem due to scammers. Some people are struggling to sell tickets to Wellington's Eminem concert at the Westpac Stadium. Eric Crampton discusses the issue with Kate Hawkesby on Newstalk ZB and he shares his advice for those hunting around for tickets on the resale market. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Early editiion - Newstalk ZB
27 February, 2019

Share the data

Only the officials at Inland Revenue know why they commissioned a poll on Kiwis’ attitudes to tax that included questions about the respondents’ general political orientation. Releasing the polling data should be part of fixing any perceived problems. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
15 February, 2019

Making KiwiBuild Work

Anybody even remotely connected with housing, housing research, the building industry – or with the ability to fog a mirror by breathing on it – had to know it was near-impossible for the government to meet its KiwiBuild promises on its 10-year schedule. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights newsletter
8 February, 2019

Is the $70,000 benchmark for 'high earning’ still acceptable?

New Zealand's tax brackets don't accurately reflect what counts as "high earning" in this country, critics say.Since 2008, the highest personal income tax rate has kicked in on earnings over $70,000 a year. Compare that to Australia, where the highest tax rate of 45 percent takes effect on income of $180,000 a year or more.Eric Crampton tells Mike Yardley on Newstalk ZB why he doesn’t think the $70,000 threshold is still acceptable. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Mike Hosking Breakfast - Newstalk ZB
28 January, 2019

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