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
Beehive with flag

Being kind to the Fourth Labour Government

During her tour of Europe last month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wrote a piece in the Financial Times. As it was published behind the London newspaper’s paywall, most New Zealanders probably missed it (though a copy is available on the Beehive’s website). That is a shame because the opinion piece offers a concise insight into her Government’s philosophy. Commentators such as Michael Reddell and Rodney Hide criticised the Prime Minister’s piece. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
1 February, 2019
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Eulogy for the last plastic bag

Tidying guru Marie Kondo advises her followers to hold or hug everyday items and ask yourself: “Does this item spark joy?” So I picked up a plastic bag and clutched it to my chest. I first felt joy, and then an overwhelming grief. The moment I had been dreading had arrived: my household had reached the last of our plastic bags. As my tears splashed off the plastic folds, I reflected on the injustice of the impending plastic bag ban. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
1 February, 2019
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Empowering students with better information

Jake is a 16-year-old student with NCEA level 1 who has just left school. His friends and family tell him “more education is always better; graduates earn more on average than non-graduates”. Jake is sick of school, but he is being pressured by his family to gain level 2 and 3 through tertiary study. He does not know whom to believe, or what to do next. Read more

Joel Hernandez
Insights Newsletter
1 February, 2019

The poverty of inequality reports

Everything has its season. The slow January news period brings Oxfam’s annual condemnation of wealth inequality and calls for redistribution. And every January, economists go through their figures to show that, once again, Oxfam has played fast and loose with the numbers. Oxfam combined Credit Suisse data on the decline in wealth for New Zealand’s least wealthy with Forbes data on the only two Kiwis who made it onto the Forbes list of billionaires. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
25 January, 2019

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