Caution advised before using Tourism Industry Association numbers - The Dismal Science

Sep 09, 2014

The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) has recently released an array of regionally-tailored media releases in conjunction with its Tourism 2014 Election Manifesto. Although we welcome healthy debate on economic issues in regional New Zealand, we are dubious of the methodology used to estimate regional tourism employment and advise extreme caution beforeutilising any of […]

Careful making us an aggregate happiness machine - The Dismal Science

Oct 22, 2013

Last week Matt Nolan discussed the idea that being too target focused can be dangerous (Infometrics link here): Instead of targeting an arbitrary set of outputs that treat New Zealand like a machine, policy should be based on the inherent trade-offs that exist for the policy question we are asking.  Focused research on the costs […]