Tagged: New Zealand Economics

Price discrimination based on gender: Sexist or fair? - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Sep 17, 2012

I see via Stuff that women have to pay more for haircuts.  This is true – in fact there are a number of service related areas where the woman’s version of that service costs more than the man’s version.  Undeniably, we are seeing price discrimination at work. Now I’m not terribly against price discrimination – [...] … Read More

BERL report on changing the PTA - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Sep 13, 2012

I tend to avoid criticising other economists, especially inside New Zealand.  However, the BERL-NZ First report into inflation targeting has crossed a threshold where I feel saying nothing would be more inappropriate than voicing my disagreement. I have discussed the issue on my work website here.  In that article I solely discuss the idea of [...] … Read More

Free food in schools: Equality of opportunity? - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Sep 10, 2012

Recently the Labour party has suggested we have free food in low decile New Zealand schools.  At the same time, Kiwiblog suggested that this was nonsensical. So how do we should we view this policy? Generally, having the government buy something and give then give it out is relatively inefficient – we get no clear [...] … Read More

On “currency wars” - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Sep 08, 2012

We keep hearing concerns about “currency wars” around the wold, with the blame being put on Quantitative Easing.  In fact our Reserve Bank even came out to complain about QE. But to be honest, this argument is nonsensical unless you are explicitly forecasting “monetary policy failure” overseas. Lets go back to Esssays on the Great [...] … Read More