Tagged: Christchurch Press

Times Tables - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 24, 2015

Me at The Press on the Initiative's numeracy report:The Numeracy Project, as it was called, had some really great elements. Rather than simply rote learning facts, students would also build their understanding of why six by nine is 54 and alternative strategies for figuring it out. Those alternative strategies can really help when trying to multiply larger figures … Read More

Public intellectuals - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 24, 2015

Philip Matthews at the Christchurch Press asked me for comment on the role of public intellectuals in New Zealand.He used a well-chosen excerpt from the email below. Here are the parts for which there wasn't room in last weekend's paper.“Public intellectuals have to be good academic all-rounders. The best ones combine deep specialist knowledge of their own research area … Read More

Blueprint for failure - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 07, 2014

I really really hope that the Christchurch Press's John McCrone is writing a book on the Christchurch rebuild. This weekend's installment in the Mainlander section, not online other than via PressDisplay, is must-read. [Update: Jack, in comments, points me to a now-ungated version.]McCrone uses the EPIC technology hub as exemplar of how government is blocking the rebuild. Recall that … Read More

Crowded house - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 10, 2013

Christchurch districts that experienced bigger increases in house prices from 2008 through 2013, the dates of easily available QV data, also experienced larger increases in the proportion of census households reporting two or more families living in the same household. This isn't particularly surprising. Where housing supply is inflexible due to Council regulatory constraints, increases in the number of families, … Read More