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Eric Crampton on 95bFM about a universal basic income

As part of their indepth look at the economy, 95bFM looks at work and income. Possible alternatives to the current welfare system include a universal basic income. Chief Economist Eric Crampton discusses the possibility of a universal basic income in this radio show. Read more

14 September, 2017
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Media release: We don't know how lucky we are in this country

This year’s election campaign has been just a little bit crazy. But New Zealand remains the world’s last sane place, says The New Zealand Initiative. It is important to keep it that way.The Initiative today released Chief Economist Dr Eric Crampton’s essay, The Outside of the Asylum. Its lighthearted take makes a serious point. Regardless of election year shenanigans, New Zealand gets a lot of things right that other countries screw up. For example: Read more

Media release
2 September, 2017

Economically Speaking: It's about greater productivity - Stupid

Imagine if no one had to pay for anything. Wouldn’t that be nice?Imagine if everything were free. Free food, housing, health care, education, transport, television, broad band, you name it.Imagine if government gave everyone enough money to live on, and then topped it up a bit so we could have some fun. No strings attached.OK, OK, John Lennon’s haunting and utopian song went over the top. It imagined a world with no possessions, just one big commune of sharing. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
National Business Review
1 September, 2017
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Boot camps for all

I was nearly ready to blame the Government for all the things wrong with the country. But then at the weekend National kindly helped me to figure out which scapegoat deserves to be the target of my ire. It was the troublesome youths all along. Even when it was the immigrants, deep down I knew it was the youths. The streets would be safer, the economy would be stronger, and houses would probably become affordable, if it wasn’t for those... Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Insights Newsletter
17 August, 2017

Media Release: A big step towards smoke-free New Zealand

The New Zealand Initiative welcomes the Government’s announcement to establish a pre-market approval system for smokeless tobacco and nicotine-delivery products.Policy Analyst Jenesa Jeram says it is a welcome development to the public conversation on tobacco control.“While legalising e-cigarettes was an important first step, it was clear from the start that legislation would struggle to keep pace with technological change. These new smokeless tobacco and nicotine-delivery products have the potential to be even more effective or attractive to smokers wanting to quit.”“As recent... Read more

Media Release
2 August, 2017

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