Tagged: New Zealand Economics

Is the ‘Chicago Plan’ the way forward? - The Dismal Science

Infometrics Apr 10, 2014

David Grimmond writes about the old Chicago Plan, written up following the Great Depression (Infometrics link).  Given the way it is described by the IMF he believe it: There are many other examples of low lying fruit in the policy domain where a combination of entrenched interests and innate conservatism inhibits movements to welfare enhancing […] … Read More

Taxing: Choice and policy consistency - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Mar 12, 2014

Offsetting recently posted about a tweet by Gareth Morgan on eating and control, including a reply I popped up.  Essentially, Gareth’s tweet implied that the way individuals make choices indicates we have no choice over how much they eat.  I disagreed talking about precommitment – he stated I assumed perfect information, which is both a […] … Read More

Countdown and wholesalers: Are consumers the ones benefiting? - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Feb 24, 2014

There has been a bit of discussion about Countdown hurting wholesalers to get prices down, flexing their muscle shall we say (here and here).  The Commerce Commission is concerned about this and is investigating. Via Twitter I noticed that the concerns about supermarkets being bullies has led to an increasing desire to do something about […] … Read More

New Zealand’s sexiest economist 2014: Voting - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Feb 14, 2014

After an exhaustive nominations round the final 20 New Zealand economists have been selected.  To quote from someone who nominated for this round of “New Zealand’s Sexiest Economist” (NZSE). At first I thought this was ridiculous.  But thinking about the work New Zealand economists do, I think there are a lot of ‘sexy economists’ ~ […] … Read More