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Tallying Googly benefits

April 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Kids these days don’t know what it was like before Google and proper Internet. And so it’s easy to take things for granted. I’d wondered a few years ago [...]

Living wages

March 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Jim Rose from the Taxpayers’ Union has a rather nice report up on problems with living wage policies. Here’s their summary: The report’s key findings are: [...]

Why we drink

January 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

The basic public health approach to alcohol assumes that drinkers get no benefit from drinking. That assumption underlies most of the big “social cost of [...]

Private walks

December 12, 2016 // 3 Comments

It almost beggars belief that New Zealand’s iconic great walks are simultaneously in very high demand, both by locals and tourists, and losing millions of dollars per [...]

Medically fit?

November 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

NZTA’s latest crackdown on Uber drivers in New Zealand includes medical fitness checks. The New Zealand Transport Agency has issued no-drive notices to Uber drivers [...]

Neoliberalism’s to blame… again.

October 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Mike Joy's latest oped in the Dom blames neoliberalism and orthodox economics for everything from Havelock North's water problems to ignoring externalities. I think a few people need to pick up a Principles of Econ textbook. [...]

A sharp wake-up call

September 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

The New Zealand Initiative’s Head of Research hopes a story on Radio New Zealand about youth drinking serves as a sharp wake-up call about the quality of reporting on [...]