Paul Walker

Dr Paul Walker is an economist at University of Canterbury. He has expertise in microeconomics, institutional economics and industrial Organization. He blogs for The Dismal Science.

A note for Winston Peters - The Dismal Science

Sep 10, 2012

Immigration can be good for you. Yes Winston, those foreigners can in fact help the economy. Almost a century and a half after the first large migration wave of the late 19th century, those places where migrants settled in big numbers are significantl...

The impact of right to carry laws - The Dismal Science

Sep 10, 2012

Right to carry laws have been discussed here before, see for example here and here. Now we have another  NBER working paper that that looks at right-to-carry (RTC) laws and concludes, we don't know what the effects are. The paper is The Impa...

Auld keen on debunking Keen (updated) - The Dismal Science

Sep 10, 2012

Steven Keen is going around the country right now explaining the many, many evils, as he see them, of standard economics. That the majority of economists don't agree with Keen will not come as any surprise to most people. One person who has done a grea...

Plain packaging - The Dismal Science

Sep 05, 2012

The policy of ‘plain packaging’ for tobacco products is an issue here and many other places around the world. The idea is being discussed in the U.K. right now. The Adam Smith Institute has argued against plain packaging. It has published a report ...

A nice point - The Dismal Science

Sep 05, 2012

At the Homepaddock blog Ele Ludemann makes a nice point about the difference between what people say they want and what they are willing to pay for: A survey established that New Zealanders support incentives to encourage clean industries and technolog...

More on the Christchurch rugby stadium - The Dismal Science

Sep 04, 2012

As noted in the previous post Sam Richardson has been continuing his thinking on the feasibility of a new covered rugby stadium for Christchurch over at his Fairplay and Forward Passes blog. He writes, If tangible benefits and costs exist for these pr...

Stadiums and opportunity costs - The Dismal Science

Sep 04, 2012

John Spry, an economist with St. Thomas University in the Twin Cities, has written an opinion piece in the St. Paul Pioneer Press in which he takes issue with proposals to build a new stadium for the St. Paul Saints (an independent league baseball team...

Firms reorganise to grow - The Dismal Science

Sep 02, 2012

Lorenzo Caliendo, Ferdinando Monte and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg have a new column up at VoxEU.org on the subject Firms reorganise to grow (by hiring workers that know and earn less). The basic idea is that firms that reorganise production to grow account...