Tagged: Economy

World War One and the New Zealand economy - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 25, 2018

Earlier this week, in the lead up to ANZAC Day today, The Treasury drew attention to an interesting conference paper written a few years ago by Brian Easton on “The impact of the Great War on the New Zealand economy”.   From the opposite end of the political spectrum, Eric Crampton described it as “really great”.  I’m not … Read More

Visiting economists opine on NZ - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 19, 2018

Lots of people, even abroad, look at New Zealand’s economy.   For example, there are ratings agencies selling a commercial product to clients, and there are investment funds putting their own and clients’ money at risk.   And then there are the government agencies; notably the IMF and the OECD. Every year or so, a small team of IMF … Read More

The urgency of curbing pollution from ships, explained - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 19, 2018

James J. Winebrake, Rochester Institute of Technology and James J Corbett, University of Delaware This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency that regulates global shipping, is writing new rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions from ships by 2050 as … Read More

Structuring thought and imagination brick by brick, Lego is more than child’s play - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 15, 2017

Sondra Bacharach, Victoria University of Wellington You might think Lego is just a kids’ toy – one you played with as a child and now step on as you walk through the house as a parent. These days, however, the bricks are showing up in all sorts of unexpected places – on display in museums, in street art, … Read More

Honeybee decline could sting NZ for $700m - News

John Kerr Aug 03, 2016

The pollinating power of the humble honeybee is worth millions of dollars to the New Zealand agricultural sector – but we are at risk of losing it. Bees are having a hard time of it these days; varroa mite, pesticides and a lack of plant diversity are all contributing to the decline of the bee populations crucial for pollinating crops. Read More

The last 90 years - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 06, 2016

Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith is officially 90. Happy Birthday Ma’am. What are some of the most significant changes that have happened during her life, and what could we expect over the next 90 years? 1926 to 2016 … Read More

The Herald’s wrongheaded call for an ever-bigger population - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell May 28, 2016

The Herald’s editorial on Saturday was headed “Population growth is powering NZ economy”.  It isn’t just a statement of the rather obvious, that a rapid growth in the population –  particularly unexpectedly rapid growth – boosts total GDP.    When there are more people, they all need to consume stuff, and they need houses, schools, shops, roads, offices etc.  And … Read More

A question for Steven Joyce - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 09, 2016

A reader pointed me to an article on the NBR website in which Science and Innovation Minister [isn’t there something wrong when we even have a government “innovation minister?]  was quoted as telling a business audience yesterday that: more migration is the only way to bridge the current skills gap for ICT companies in New Zealand. and “That’s one … Read More

Kiwibank: a retrograde step - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 07, 2016

I wrote about Kiwibank last week, noting that there had never been a good economic reason for the Crown to have established it, and that there was not a good economic reason for the Crown to continue to own it.   Doing so undermines (modestly) the efficiency of the financial system, and poses unnecessary risks for taxpayers. I take it … Read More