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Cat posters and wellbeing budgets

There was a line of ’80s and ’90s motivational posters, often involving pictures of cats, with quips that might help improve spirits around the workplace. One of those, from memory, read something like, “You don’t have to be crazy to work here, but it helps!” Other variants read, “You don’t have to be crazy to work here; we will train you.”None of them would pass modern sensitivity standards, and they were never really motivational or funny in the first place. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
19 July, 2019
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The importance of pricing

Maybe things would be different if somebody had 'invented' prices. We tend not to understand and appreciate institutions, like prices, that emerge spontaneously through human interaction rather than are the product of human design. Because we do not appreciate how they work, it is too easy to miss how they can improve things in areas where they haven’t traditionally been used. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Newsroom
16 July, 2019
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Fair Pay Working Group fit to be forgotten

Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger burst back into public life in mid-2018 to lead the government’s Fair Pay Agreement Working Group. The working group’s report was made public on 31 January. Since then, the government has said almost nothing about the report’s recommendations. It is almost as if both Bolger and the report have been shelved.If so, that would be a good thing. The report recommends reintroducing compulsory collective bargaining across entire industries and occupations. Read more

Roger Partridge
Insights Newsletter
12 July, 2019
RP Breakfast 9 JUly

Why Fair Pay Agreements would be bad for labour

Our report, Work in Progress: Why Fair Pay Agreements would be bad for labour, was released on Tuesday, 9 July. Chairman, and co-author of the report Roger Partridge spoke on TVNZ Breakfast to discuss how our research has found that the case for the recommendations of the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group (FPAWG) in pursuit of the government's goal of a highly-skilled and innovative workforce and an economy that delivers well-paid, decent jobs and broad-based gains from economic growth and... Read more

Breakfast
9 July, 2019

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