Final Eric Crampton

Dr Eric Crampton

Head of Research

Dr Eric Crampton is the Head of Research 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”.

Phone: +64 4 499 0790


Recent Work

windy road

Breaking from the beaten path

There was a dirt road north of our old farm in Manitoba. Grass grew on the hump between the wheel tracks. Ruts the width of a truck’s axles would get worn into the road. That was all well enough if you were driving the truck, but not so great if you needed to take a car down the track. The axles didn’t fit the tired old ruts.This week’s debate around the Initiative’s report on building successful schools reminded me of... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
24 February, 2017

Time for another tax switch?

National’s 2010 budget provided substantial tax cuts. But it also implemented an important tax switch at the same time. The government increased the GST while simultaneously cutting income taxes and increasing benefits to compensate. It is perhaps time to consider doing it again.Oliver Hartwich’s column in this week’s NBR argued that growing government surpluses should be divided between tax cuts, debt repayment, and investment in infrastructure. So it is worth thinking through what tax changes would make the most sense in... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
10 February, 2017

Welcome home

Every American election brings howls of outrage from supporters of the losing side. It’s pretty common to hear about all the people who will move to Canada, or to New Zealand, because of how awful the winning candidate is. It’s almost always cheap talk. Uprooting your family to move somewhere else is a big decision, and a lot more expensive than expressing your outrage with hyperbolic statements.This time, it’s looking a bit different for non-citizens living in the US. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
3 February, 2017

Doing good, and doing well as a consequence

A sufficiently advanced incompetence in a president is indistinguishable from malice. Donald Trump has issued an Executive Order blocking legal American residents, who happen to have been born in a small set of Middle Eastern countries, from returning home. We simply cannot tell whether the resulting mess was due to his colossal ignorance in implementing policy, or whether he wanted the results he got. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The Dominion Post
31 January, 2017

John Key, quite an underachiever

New Zealand has had a pretty decent eight years under John Key. The rest of the world’s descent into madness accelerated sharply, and New Zealand’s has looked better by comparison. But Festivus is almost upon us. And the Festivus tradition is not the giving of thanks but the airing of grievances. I have a few.John Key’s National Party provided superb opposition to Helen Clark. It is not hard to imagine what the John Key of 2006 would say about the past... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
9 December, 2016
Eric hot tub

Hot Tub Talk Machine

Some opportunities you know you’d really regret passing over. And so I found myself on Saturday in a hot tub full of milk with Canterbury law lecturer David Round, Christchurch activist artist Sam Mahon, and chef-in-training Camila Nieuwlands. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
25 November, 2016

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