Tagged: taxation

Highly processed foods may be linked to cancer - News

Jean Balchin Feb 16, 2018

There may exist an association between intake of highly processed food in the diet and cancer. Published yesterday by The BMJ, the study suggests that while further exploration is needed, the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods “may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades.”  What are Ultra-processed foods? Ultra-processed foods include packaged baked goods and snacks, … Read More

What public health lessons can NZ still learn from the United States? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jan 30, 2018

Prof Nick Wilson, A/Prof George Thomson The United States has many major health problems – including declining life expectancy and an exorbitantly expensive health care system. However, the large number of state and local governments provide a wealth of potential lessons that NZ could learn from. In this blog we briefly consider some of these, particularly in the domains of … Read More

Deadweight costs and ACC - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 28, 2015

This week's Initiative column at Interest.co.nz takes on deadweight costs and ACC. A snippet:Andrew Little is right to be worried about the deadweight costs of this tax. The extra 0.33 percent that workers and firms pay in ACC levies would be better left in employer and employee pockets.The Infometrics analysis uses standard Treasury methods where raising a dollar in … Read More

The Price of Weed - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 17, 2014

Tim Worstall's likely right about the price of marijuana in a fully free market. He notes that the price of marijuana per kilogramme, in Malawi, where much international tobacco production takes place, runs as low as $3, so a pack of 20 joints would be maybe about $0.50. He makes a few predictions as consequence:So, yes, I feel confident … Read More

Local Government Financing - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 14, 2014

Local Government New Zealand is looking for alternative funding mechanisms.Basing rates on property values alone may soon no longer be sustainable as the sole taxation form for many councils, says Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ).Instead, it would investigate other forms of taxation such as local consumption and local income taxes as "complementary alternatives"....The LGNZ Local Government Funding Review comes … Read More

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