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The Wealth-Gap Tower

April 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Inequality Tower is one of Toby Morris’s illustrative musings on life and politics published by the The Wireless. The tiers in the Inequality Tower, an [...]

Deadweight Costs and ACC

April 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Andrew Little is right: ACC overcharging amounts to a payroll tax and payroll taxes have associated deadweight costs. But there's bigger game out there than a 0.33 percentage point difference in ACC rates. [...]

Online GST and NZ retail

April 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

It is hard to see GST as a big "level playing field" issue where price differences between imports and local are often rather larger than 15%. But that doesn't mean it isn't an issue. [...]

Mandating politeness

April 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill risks a fair bit of collateral damage. Should Parliament really be passing legislation that we hope won't really be enforced all that stringently? [...]

Welcome to The Sand Pit

April 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Sand Pit is where The Initiative’s researchers play with ideas. Some of them will wash away with the tide; some of them will be the models we use for more [...]