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Risky impressions and judicial euphemisms

I may risk creating the impression that I enjoy judicial euphemisms. For the past few years, police have been getting stroppy about alcohol licences. This was most obvious when Parliament had to legislate around police obstructionism to allow bars to stay open to screen the Rugby World Cup in 2015.Venues can apply for special licences to stay open for things like late-night rugby matches. It was a big part of the point of special licences. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The National Business Review
5 May, 2017

Equity for home-care clients

Nobody yet knows the new pay equity regime’s administrative cost. But we have a pretty good estimate of the costs of the pay equity settlement for the aged care sector: about two billion dollars.Pay there was going to have to increase to attract more workers to serve an aging population – which perhaps discouraged the government from simply legislating around the TerraNova decision. But there is a better way to improve pay for home-based care workers, to reduce overall cost,... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
5 May, 2017

E-cigarettes a ground-up policy

What do you think is more harmful: Smoking a cigarette and inhaling the hundreds of toxic chemical by-products? Or inhaling a nicotine vapour without them? If you think the latter option is safer then not only do you display common sense. You are also on the side of science and overwhelming evidence. Practically all credible health experts are convinced that so-called e-cigarettes are safer than smoking. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
7 April, 2017

Media release: Compensating live organ donors bill a win for New Zealand

Wellington (1 December 2016): The New Zealand Initiative is delighted that Chris Bishop’s bill compensating live organ donors passed its third reading yesterday.Dr Eric Crampton, Head of Research with the Initiative, said “This bill will help overcome substantial financial barriers that prevent a lot of people from donating organs. It will make a real difference in their lives.”The Initiative submitted on the Bill, arguing that donor compensation should be at 100% of lost earnings rather than 80%. Read more

Media Release
1 December, 2016

Media release: Doing well while doing good: compensating live organ donors will save lives and money

Wellington (21 September 2016): The New Zealand Initiative has offered its enthusiastic support for Chris Bishop’s member’s bill that will improve the compensation provided to live organ donors. The Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, said, “Every live kidney transplant saves the government over $120,000 compared to leaving someone on dialysis. But the current system makes these donors face substantial out-of-pocket costs for time spent in recuperation.” “These costs especially hit lower income families, who are both more likely to need transplants... Read more

21 September, 2016

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

The science of sifting fact from fiction

Have you ever read a headline claiming some scientific finding that doesn’t sound quite right? Like that cheese is as addictive as cocaine, vegetarianism gives you cancer, or that having a glass of red wine is equivalent to spending one hour at the gym.  Some scientific studies just seem a bit off.  John Oliver on Last Week Tonight recognised the problem recently, highlighting common problems with scientific studies and how they are communicated. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
New Zealand Herald
20 May, 2016

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