Tagged: consumption

Eric Crampton on the sugar tax and Otago’s response - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 06, 2018

Otago’s public health people, perhaps unsurprisingly, didn’t like NZIER’s take on sugar taxes. They’ve blogged on it here, but they seem to have missed a few important points. A Report commissioned by the Ministry of Health, written by NZIER, has recently been getting air-time as an argument against taxing sugary drinks.  However, the Report seems to us to be … Read More

Four ways alcohol is bad for your health - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 08, 2018

Steve Allsop, Curtin University; Eveline Lensvelt, Curtin University, and Tanya Chikritzhs, Curtin University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In Australia, almost 6,000 deaths a year can be attributed to alcohol, as well as around 400 hospitalisations a day. While drinking has declined in some … Read More

Surveying heavy drinkers - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 18, 2015

The latest NZMJ has a couple of pieces on alcohol minimum pricing. The editorial from British Columbia researcher Tim Stockwell lauds minimum pricing’s successes in BC, though I think he there overstates the case – especially where some of his own work in British Columbia makes a hash of things by using regional CPI within B.C. to get differences … Read More

Monday Micro – World TB Day - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 25, 2013

Yesterday, the 24th of March, was World TB Day which aims to build awareness for tuberculosis, a lung disease which kills about 2 million people around the world each year. That’s 3 people a minute. Why the 24th March? This was the day, in 1882, that Dr Robert Koch* announced he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, … Read More

Fat taxes — what’s the goal? - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Mar 19, 2013

Andrew Dickson (othersideofweightloss) was emailing me about fat taxes and I realised I didn’t have a well thought-out opinion on them. Let me start by asking, what are we trying to accomplish? User pays — This is the point of the tax on fat people that Gareth Morgan Investments suggested in 2005: Government could publish a range [...] … Read More