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What does the minimum wage increase mean for the economy?

New Zealand workers on the minimum wage are set for a significant pay rise.The Government has announced it will increase the minimum wage to $17.70 an hour on April 1, with further increases to take it to $20 by 2021.Eric Crampton discusses on Mike Hosking Breakfast what the minimum wage increase means for our economy. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Newstalk ZB - Mike Hosking Breakfast
20 December, 2018
Budget 2020

Tweak NZ Super to recognise hard work

Meet Jim. Jim first started paying taxes when he was 12 years old and picked up a lawn mowing job. Jim has paid taxes throughout his working life, with the expectation that some of those taxes would go toward his pension. Jim sees NZ Super as an entitlement to what has always been rightfully his. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
The National Business Review
15 December, 2018
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Hard spirits

It was during the discussions of measuring spiritual capital that the ghost of Sir John James Cowperthwaite hovered near. The shade whispered in my ear, “When I was Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, I refused to collect economic statistics for London. Why? For fear that I might be forced to do something about them.” Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Newsroom
11 December, 2018
Help

Letting us help

Community sponsorship helps Canada accept far more refugees than the government’s quota could accommodate on its own. And it looks promising for New Zealand as well. But scaling the programme to its full potential may require sponsoring communities to pick up a greater share of the cost.During the 2015–16 Syrian refugee crisis, Kiwis wanting to help were stymied by restrictions on the number of refugees allowed into the country. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
7 December, 2018
Retirement

Super model needs a face-lift

Like many young people, I have long been told that New Zealand Superannuation (NZS) is unaffordable, and to prepare for a future without it. Yet both major political parties have avoided touching the issue.On Tuesday, The New Zealand Initiative released its latest report, Embracing a Super model: The superannuation sky is not falling, which explains why this is so.Embracing a Super model finds many things to celebrate about the superannuation model. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
7 December, 2018
Radio3

Making our superannuation fairer

Jenesa Jeram talks to Jim Mora about her new report on NZ Superannuation, stating that our pension age needs to rise and it should be linked to health expectancy. The report points out that New Zealand is one of the few countries that has a non-means-tested pension. We'll be living longer and retiring later so the system will need to change soon, the report suggests. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Radio NZ - The Panel
6 December, 2018

Media release: NZ Super affordable, but pension age should rise

Wellington (4 December 2018): New Zealand’s universal pension system is worth celebrating but could do with small tweaks to the model as the population ages, finds a new report titled Embracing a Super model: The superannuation sky is not falling, which was released by think tank The New Zealand Initiative. The pension age must rise and be linked to health expectancy, recommends Research Fellow Jenesa Jeram, to maintain a relevant relationship between retirement and receipt of superannuation. Read more

Media release
4 December, 2018
Jenesa on The AM Show

Jenesa Jeram on The AM Show

Jenesa Jeram discusses on The AM Show our new report Embracing a Super model: The superannuation sky is not falling.The report finds that New Zealand’s universal pension system is relatively affordable but could do with small tweaks as the population ages. Jenesa recommends that the pension age must rise and be linked to health expectancy. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
The AM Show
4 December, 2018

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