The Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) Household Incomesreport demonstrates the critical importance of solving New Zealand’s housing shortage.The MSD’s report demonstrates that real incomes have increased in New Zealand, and that this increase in real incomes is broadly shared across different parts of the income distribution. Since 1993, income growth for those at the twentieth percentile has been identical to income growth at the middle, and income growth at the ninetieth percentile.The report also contrasts New Zealand’s performance with that in... Read more
Our work on social policies includes a three-part series on poverty, inequality and welfare. Here we investigate the states of poverty and inequality in New Zealand, and clear up some common myths and misperceptions surrounding these issues. Our report on welfare (to be released 2017) will include our policy recommendations.
We have also looked into areas where the issues of public health and personal freedoms intersect, such as the liberalisation of New Zealand’s organ donation regime, and lifestyle regulations.
These are all areas that significantly affect peoples’ lives and choices, and New Zealanders expect any social policies to be based upon sound evidence.
Our research into social policy has focused on issues from new innovations in welfare reform – social impact bonds – to measures of poverty, and whether or not taxes to curb lifestyle choices should have a place in a liberal society.