Final Eric Crampton

Dr Eric Crampton

Chief Economist

Dr Eric Crampton is the Chief Economist at The New Zealand Initiative and co-author of The Case for Economic Growth. Dr Crampton served as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics & Finance at the University of Canterbury from November 2003 until July 2014. He is also the creator and author of the well-known blog “Offsetting Behaviour”.

Latest reports:
Policy Point: Open for minds: export education and recovery (2020)
Policy Point: Stay on Target
(2020)
Research Note: Effective Treatment: Public policy prescription for a pandemic  (2020)
Policy Point: Time to Process (2020)
Research Note: Seeing the problem, but missing the point: Decile dilemmas (2019)
Research Note: The Unreserved Bank of New Zealand: Why unorthodox monetary policy needs boundaries (2019)
Policy Point: Biting education bullets (2019)
Refreshing Water: Valuing the priceless (2019)
Score! Transforming NCEA Data (2018)
Recipe for disaster: Building policy on shaky ground (2018)
Analog Regulation, Digital World (2017)
The Outside of the Asylum: A New Zealander’s guide to the world out there (2017)
Decade of Debt: The Cost of Interest-free Student Loans (2016)
Deadly Heritage (2016)
In the Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity (2015)
The Case for Economic Growth (2015)

Phone: +64 4 499 0790

Email: eric.crampton@nzinitiative.org.nz

Recent Work

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Podcast #16: How to think about cannabis legalisation, with Dr Eric Crampton

On this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, Kiwis are set to vote in a referendum to legalise cannabis on September 19.It’s a controversial topic for some, but chief economist Dr Eric Crampton says thinking about cannabis from an economic perspective can help clear up many misconceptions and worries.Understandably, he says cannabis legalisation is a fairly new path for most countries that have already passed it, so there is not a lot of solid data about how it affects society. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Nathan Smith
Podcast
26 June, 2020
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Safety first

New Zealand’s border is its first line of defence against Covid-19. The gross failures exhibited this week cannot be repeated and require a complete reversal of the Government’s border procedures. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
19 June, 2020
Wallet

Prudent debt

A government is not a household and reasoning from wrong assumptions can lead to errors. In the last recourse, households cannot print their own currency. And where people cannot ask their employers to pay them more in a crisis, governments can compel all of us to pay more in taxes. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Newsroom
9 June, 2020
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NZ’s multibillion-dollar international education sector at risk

One of the ideas to boost the economy in a post-Covid world is to reopen the borders for international students. Eric Crampton tells Ryan Bridge on The AM Show that New Zealand’s relatively safe status gives the tertiary sector a real opportunity to become a more desirable destination for international students. He warns that the window is closing fast and that the government must act quickly to meet the July semester deadline. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The AM Show
27 May, 2020

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