Tagged: Trade

The Manuka honey fight is one we have to have - Guest Work

Guest Work May 30, 2017

By William van Caenegem, Professor of Law, Bond University The current row about the certification of Manuka honey, and whether it is a distinctly New Zealand product, is just the latest dispute involving Geographical Indications (GIs). These are markers that products have special qualities due to their origins in a specific region, like Champagne. There is … Read More

The decoupling delusion: rethinking growth and sustainability - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 15, 2017

By James Ward, University of South Australia; Keri Chiveralls, CQUniversity Australia; Lorenzo Fioramonti, University of Pretoria; Paul Sutton, University of Denver, and Robert Costanza, Australian National University Our economy and society ultimately depend on natural resources: land, water, material (such as metals) and energy. But some scientists have recognised that … Read More

Be careful who you trade with – New Zealand’s biosecurity threat vectors - News

Erica Mather Jun 17, 2016

There is an increased likelihood that invasive species arrive in New Zealand from countries with poor regulation and low political stability, according to research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Research released this week from Victoria University of Wellington reveals that a country’s level of governance and development has a strong impact on their risk of exporting exotic … Read More

Temporary safeguards, crises, and TPP - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Nov 09, 2015

I still have no idea whether the TPP agreement our government has reached is, on balance, a net benefit to New Zealanders.  Without a proper independent assessment and analysis, undertaken by an agency that is both competent and independent (in the New Zealand case, think of the Productivity Commission), it is going to be difficult to know.   Imposing more … Read More

TPP and tech - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 09, 2015

David Farrar summarises the great work NZ’s IT community did in ensuring that the TPP deal was reasonable on IP. Sure, there are a few bits in there that are less than ideal – extending the duration of copyright on existing works is always absolutely nonsensical (as compared to extending it for new works, which is more debatable). Read More

Management and productivity: An interview with Nicholas Bloom - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Jan 05, 2015

The following comes from an interview with Stanford University economist Nicholas Bloom available online at "Econ Focus", the economics magazine of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.EF: Another branch of your research has focused on how management practices affect firm and country productivity. Why do you think management practices are so important?Bloom: My personal … Read More

More evidence of free trade payoffs - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin Sep 25, 2014

Post-election, thoughts have turned - finally - to policy. It's reported in the Herald that among the likely policy initiatives over the next three years, John Key "identified progress on a trade deal with South Korea, which is close to a conclusion, and the Trans Pacific Partnership as priorities".A bilateral deal with South Korea is definitely a good idea: … Read More