Archive: The Dismal Science 2012

Auckland Unitary Plan – mapping building restrictions

Aaron Schiff Aug 08, 2016

Auckland Council has published the geospatial data for the version of the Unitary Plan recommended by the Independent Hearings Panel. I thought I’d use this to take a quick look at the recommended plan’s provisions for protection of things like character and heritage. In the Herald on Friday, Don Stock wrote about the Auckland Unitary Plan (UP) … Read More

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Tertiary crystal balls

Eric Crampton Aug 06, 2016

Two weekends ago, I contributed to a panel session run at the Tertiary Education Union’s conference. My notes are copied below, cross-posted from The Sandpit. Interestingly, a few days later, Labour proposed something that sounds close to what I here suggested; I hope that they’re planning on using the available data appropriately. Notes for address to the … Read More

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Why is Fat B*stard fat?

Paul Walker Jul 13, 2016

Apart from the obvious point that Mike Myers created the character that way. In a recent column at VoxEU.org Rachel Griffith and Melanie Lührmann argue that its because he doesn’t exercise as much he used to. Griffith and Lührmann start by arguing that the rise in obesity we see around the world has largely been … Read More

Immigration is “a good thing”, and that is all we need to know

Michael Reddell Jul 04, 2016

I’ve been struck again over the last few days by the determination of our “elites” –  whether from the left-liberal end of the spectrum, or the (rather smaller) libertarian end – not to actually engage with the data on New Zealand’s experience of large scale immigration. In their amusing tongue-in-cheek simplified retelling of English history, 1066 and all that, Sellars and … Read More

Moderate drinking linked to cancer risk: NZ study reviewed

Eric Crampton Jun 28, 2016

University of Otago has come out with another study on cancer risks from moderate drinking. I just can’t get too excited about these. Moderate alcohol consumption reduces your risk of some stuff and increases your risk of other stuff. On net, drinking about a standard drink per day reduces your risk of dying of anything by about 15% relative … Read More

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