Tagged: preferences

Preferences for avoiding death - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Apr 30, 2013

Slate blogger Matthew Yglesias has been getting flak for his post that appeared quickly after news of the factory collapse in Bangladesh. In it, he explained that economics was all about diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks: Bangladesh may or may not need tougher workplace safety rules, but it’s entirely appropriate for Bangladesh to have different—and, indeed, […] … 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

Working towards water standards - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Nov 04, 2012

Various colleagues and I have been trying for years to get research funded on the preferences of New Zealanders regarding the environment. Bits and pieces of work get done — notably, the public perception work by Huey, Cullen, and Kerr from Lincoln University (here’s a summary conference paper (pdf)). We have grander ambitions, though. We want [...] … Read More