Tagged: Nick Wilson

Seeing what you want to see: Minimum pricing edition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 05, 2014

Before we start working through Otago's latest missive on minimum alcohol pricing, let's re-state a few baseline facts.Heavy drinkers are less price responsive than are moderate drinkers. This is well established in Wagenaar's metastudy, and is recognized (but then later ignored) in the Ministry of Justice's report on alcohol minimum pricing. Here's a table from that MoJ report. Heavy … Read More

Cars, phones, and dirigiste policy - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 28, 2013

Here's public health specialist Nick Wilson on a potential measure to stop drivers from using their phones. But it is possible that there are other options to be explored, including ones that we canvas in the NZ Medical Journal piece. One of these options could be a requirement that all new cars imported into NZ (eg, from the year 2018) could … Read More