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Media release: Incomes report demonstrates housing crisis

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

Media release
25 July, 2017
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Research Plan 2017-2020

The New Zealand Initiative is New Zealand's leading think tank.The Initiative produces accessible, evidence-based research (available in print and online) with a focus on policy areas we believe are vital for a free and prosperous New Zealand.  Read more

17 July, 2017
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The New Zealand Initiative releases three-year research plan

 The New Zealand Initiative has released its new research plan for 2017 through to 2020.The aim is the same as our previous research plans – to shape the policy agenda and tackle the big issues facing our country. Our team will continue to undertake in-depth research into what we see as the country’s biggest issues. These include housing, local government and education.The Initiative will also branch out into new areas of research focusing on healthcare, infrastructure and freshwater management. Read more

Media Release
17 July, 2017
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Jamie Oliver is a bloody disgrace

I thought that having a UK celebrity chef tell us that our kids are too fat and that anyone against a sugar tax deserves a slap would have gone down as well as a sous vide burger. I was wrong. Celebrity chef and sugar tax activist Jamie Oliver reckons it is a ‘bloody disgrace’ no one from National turned up to a conference advocating for a sugar tax. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
7 July, 2017
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Arguing immigration

This week, members of the Law and Economics Association were treated to dinner and a show. Or something close to it. After the Association’s AGM, I argued with Michael Reddell, New Zealand’s most articulate immigration critic. But we seemed to broadly agree on a few things. First, the current surge in permanent and long-term arrivals overstates the longer-term increase. Many now arriving will depart in a few years, bringing an outbound surge. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
30 June, 2017
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Waiting for affordable housing

If the Government wants its announced increase to the Accommodation Supplement to do any good, it had better have some policies ready to help increase housing supply. Otherwise, landlords are likely to be the main beneficiaries. At least in Auckland.Figuring out who really pays a tax, or benefits from a subsidy, is always trickier than just looking to see who writes or receives the cheque. It depends instead on the specifics of the market.In places where it is easy to... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
2 June, 2017
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Kentucky Fried Tragedy

It may not have caught your attention but New Zealand is in the grips of a tragic health disaster.Is this a particularly deadly new strain of the flu? An Ebola outbreak? Flesh-eating bacteria?No, this is a legal business sponsoring a sporting event. KFC have agreed to sponsor the Rugby League World Cup. A deal which a public health expert has described as a “tragedy for public health”.You see, according to this expert, when something “inherently bad” is advertised alongside something... Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Insights Newsletter
2 June, 2017
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Data can tell us when 'social investment' is worthwhile

Cold hard data will not put breakfast on the table. It will not be a source of comfort and advice when there is no one else to talk to. And it will not put a roof over anyone's head. Yet the Government's social investment approach - and in particular the greater use of data - could revolutionise the way social services are funded and delivered. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
NZ Herald
23 May, 2017

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