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Let’s take in more talent from overseas – and quickly Donal Curtin Nov 28

The latest net migration figures got a fair amount of media airtime, and even though a fair slab of it was on the invidious “aren’t we doing better than Australia” track, the numbers were still pretty impressive – we had the biggest ever annual level of net immigration in the October ’14 year (+47,700), beating the previous records set in the August ’14 year (+43,500) and the May ’03 year (+42,500). Net immigration is running at over four times its annual average over the past 20 years (+11,700). If you’re interested in the details, the big pdf release from Stats …

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Grinch Eric Crampton Nov 28

This should be fun. 2014 Public Finance Great Festive Debate The Government Economics Network and Chair in Public Finance present: THIS HOUSE BELIEVES THE CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA IS A WASTE OF …

Mapping things 1: dogs ‘n kids aimee whitcroft Nov 27

I was incredibly fortunate to be able to attend Open Data Day* last week in Christchurch. While there the very awesome @kayakr (Jonathan Hunt) gave an unconference session on how to …

Fixed costs in small countries Eric Crampton Nov 27

Yesterday’s column over at hit on some of the ridiculous self-imposed fixed costs of government policy in New Zealand. A taste: We could argue about the ridiculousness of the …

Cheesecake files: Just how deadly is it? John Pickering Nov 27

Everyone said it did but how did they know and by how much?  Statements like “The development of AKI [Acute Kidney Injury] after CPB [Cardiopulmonary Bypass Surgery] is associated with …

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