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Jenesa Jeram

Policy Analyst

Jenesa is a Policy Analyst at The New Zealand Initiative, focusing mainly on social issues and lifestyle regulations. She is the author of ‘The Health of the State’, a report that looks at the evidence and ideology behind public health and lifestyle regulations. She has also co-authored publications on poverty, inequality, social impact bonds, economic growth and housing. She has a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours from the University of Otago, majoring in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

 

Phone: +64 4 494 9108

Email: jenesa.jeram@nzinitiative.org.nz

Recent Work

Rooster

Bad and Annoying Animal Management Act

Any cat owner will tell you that cats are magnificent and regal creatures, descended from royalty and that they deserve to be treated like nothing less. Those cat owners are, of course, deluded. Behind the contented purring and affectionate head nudges lies the heart and mind of a killer. A bird killer, to be precise. Most of us already know that cats are evil. But other animals are just plain loud and smelly. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
17 March, 2017
Parliament

Social bonds neither right wing nor left wing

Resistance to the social bonds pilot has essentially boxed Labour and the Greens into a corner. Social bonds (or Social Impact Bonds as they are known internationally), after all, have traditionally been introduced by left-wing governments.I understand that the role of the Opposition is to oppose. And there is potentially much to oppose in the execution of social bonds. But opposing social bonds in principle leaves fewer options for addressing entrenched social problems.For those who have forgotten, social bonds are an innovative way... Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
3 March, 2017
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Productivity costs of reading news

You probably shouldn’t tell your boss you are reading this.If the Initiative’s newsletter regularly gets you worked up, agitated or argumentative then you might be better off comforting yourself by looking at cat pictures.You see, it turns out that the regular consumption of political news might be leading to reduced productivity in the workplace. Full disclosure: I read the article while at work. The point of the piece is that in these turbulent political times, we’re all reading a lot more... Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
17 February, 2017
Beach

Pretty people to blame for inequality

Over summer, I’ve been disturbed with how many people shamelessly flaunt their inherited assets. These people are born with a certain privilege. They didn’t work for it, they just have it. Yes, I know The New Zealand Initiative has previously written about how inequality has barely changed for decades. We’ve argued that many reports on inequality trends, and the likely causes and consequences are often overblown. Those conclusions remain. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
20 January, 2017
The Inequality Paradox cover

The Inequality Paradox: Why inequality Matters Even Though it has Barely Changed

There is an inequality paradox in New Zealand. Despite increasingly frequent newspaper headlines on inequality, the data shows that inequality in income and inequality in consumption have not changed substantially for at least a decade. However, this does not mean we need to forget about it and move on – far from it. And this is the inequality paradox. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Jenesa Jeram
18 October, 2016
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Jenesa Jeram discusses the Initiative's new report on inequality

Co-author Jenesa Jeram discusses the Initiative's new report, The Inequality Paradox: Why inequality matters even though it has barely changedThere is an inequality paradox in New Zealand.Despite increasingly frequent newspaper headlines on inequality, the data shows that inequality in income and inequality in consumption have not changed substantially for at least a decade. However, this does not mean we need to forget about it and move on - far from it. And this is the inequality paradox. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
18 October, 2016
Shoes

Pick a measure, any measure

Given the Government has set targets for pretty much everything else – from eradicating stoats to eradicating smokers, a target for reducing child poverty doesn’t seem too much of a stretch, right?John Key received quite a bit of flak this week for refusing to agree to a poverty reduction target, arguing that there are many different ways of measuring poverty, and it is difficult to pick just one. Key admits the explanation sounds a bit airy-fairy. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
7 October, 2016
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Can a woman mansplain?

While most would say Clinton emerged the more composed and polished candidate in the United States presidential debate, it would appear Trump won at least one important battle.More people were talking about him on Twitter.Viewers expecting Trump to deliver a theatrical masterpiece were not disappointed. He contradicted himself, he used bizarre phrases (braggadocious is indeed a real word), and he seemed to lose his train of thought mid-sentence.Those not enthused by the low blows, however, were appalled with Trump’s serious... Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
30 September, 2016
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Is sugar the new tobacco?

If sugar is the new tobacco, then soda drinkers must be the new smokers. So what can we expect next in the war against sugar?The first step of any ‘compassionate health policy’ is normally around social acceptability. Soda should not be a “cool” activity. I’m imagining mass campaigns to remind people of their social responsibility: good friends don’t let their friends get fat.Next step: make it really, really inconvenient to drink soda. Basically, soda drinking should never be enjoyed indoors. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
9 September, 2016

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