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Brexit shootout

This year’s football World Cup held a big surprise: England can win a penalty shootout (oh, and please don't mention the German performance - I know). If you are not into football, you might wonder what is so hard about kicking a ball into the goal from short distance. But ask previous English internationals, and they can tell you how to miss the goal altogether from the spot. What we are watching in British politics is not that different. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
13 July, 2018
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A better way to measure school effectiveness

You should not compare apples with oranges. But what about schools? As it turns out, comparing schools with schools can be just as problematic. School composition can vary significantly between different deciles and within the same decile. Some of these differences include prior student academic achievement, the student’s parents’ level of education, and the student’s parents’ average income. We know from the vast amounts of education research that these student characteristics (which are outside the control of the school) are... Read more

Joel Hernandez
Insights Newsletter
13 July, 2018
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Game show policy

Game shows are nothing new. They’re a dime a dozen. We have all seen shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Wheel of Fortune, and The Price Is Right. These types of shows are popular because we like seeing everyday people succeed, become winners, and realise their dreams. Well, it’s either that or we’re suckers for schadenfreude. This week a new game show launched in the US, titled Paid Off. Read more

Ben Craven
Insights Newsletter
13 July, 2018
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Our islands of stability

New Zealanders love to grumble about the state of politics.We hold our politicians in roughly the same regard as real estate agents and used car salespeople. And even for stating it this way, I probably need to apologise to the latter two groups.Yet when it comes to the ballot box, there is no sign of any severe dissatisfaction with our political system.On the contrary, New Zealand appears to be one of the few Western-style democracies still showing any signs of... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
13 July, 2018

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