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 “quality of our schools... Read more
Government & Politics
Nearly every week the Government passes laws that regulate the way New Zealanders can go about their lives. Whether this be scaffolding regulations, changes to KiwiSaver, or how charities operate, the effect of government is present is almost all aspects of our lives.
Our research focuses on the how the will of Parliament interacts with society, whether current legislation is fit for purpose, and whether certain policy settings can be improved.