Media release: New research raises questions about Bali Haque's Tomorrow's Schools review

Wellington (5 April 2019): A comprehensive and year-long econometric analysis of data for 400,000 students undertaken by The New Zealand Initiative reveals there are no significant differences in school performance between schools of different deciles. Adjusted for the different student populations they serve, the vast majority of New Zealand’s secondary schools create the education outcomes we would expect from them. This finding calls into question the assertion of the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce, led by Bali Haque, which claimed that... Read more

Media release
8 April, 2019
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NZ Initiative finds most schools have about the same impact on students' results

Dr Oliver Hartwich speaks to Guyon Espiner about our latest research, Tomorrow's Schools: Data and Evidence. This report comes at the end of a comprehensive, year-long data analysis of 400,000 students and shows that once family background is separated out, most schools have about the same impact on their students' learning - no matter their decile. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Radio New Zealand - Morning Report
8 April, 2019
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School quality is not linked to school decile - NZ Initiative

Following the release of our Research Note, Tomorrow's School: Data and Evidence, our Chief Economist Dr Eric Crampton chats to Newstalk ZB's Heather du Plessis-Allan about our comprehensive and year-long econometric analysis of data for 400,000 students that reveals there are no significant differences in school performance between schools of different deciles, and how this data could be used by the Ministry of Education to help improve education outcomes for New Zealand students. Read more

8 April, 2019

Media release - New report: Pricing carbon properly key to successful renewables policy

Wellington (28 March 2019): Ahead of the Interim Climate Change Committee’s recommendations to Government, think tank The New Zealand Initiative today released an economic assessment of the proposed transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2035. Authored by Research Fellow Matt Burgess, Switched on! finds that New Zealand is well-placed to increase the share of renewable electricity from its current level of 83%. However, the Initiative’s report warns that New Zealand must learn from costly policy failures overseas if we want... Read more

Media release
28 March, 2019
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Is it the real deal?

After a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said new documents to be added to the Brexit deal provided "legally binding changes" to the part relating to the Irish border. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Larry Williams Drive - Newstalk ZB
12 March, 2019
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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

Media release: Growing support for Kiwi community power

Wellington (27 February 2019): A joint LGNZ/New Zealand Initiative conference held in Wellington tomorrow will explore the results of a new survey that reveals the majority of those surveyed support a move towards local services being managed and provided by local decision-makers. Read more

Media release
27 February, 2019

Media release: Tax Working Group’s proposed rate of capital gains tax one of the most penal in the world

Wellington (21 February 2019): The Tax Working Group’s report released today proposes a broad-based top rate of 33% capital gains tax (CGT). The New Zealand Initiative argues in a new policy note, The Pitfalls of CGT, that headline rate would immediately push New Zealand to the top of the international CGT rankings among industrialised economies, just behind Denmark and Finland. “The proposal is conspicuous by a lack of exemptions and concessions around business investment, so a full rate would arguably... Read more

Media release
21 February, 2019
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Patrick Carvalho discusses CGT

The Tax Working Group’s report proposes a broad-based top rate of 33% capital gains tax (CGT). Patrick Carvalho explains to Larry Williams on Newstalk ZB why fully taxing capital gains would likely have undesirable effects on productivity, investment and growth, and impose significant compliance costs. Read more

Dr Patrick Carvalho
Larry Williams Drive - Newstalk ZB
21 February, 2019

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