Tagged: treasury

World War One and the New Zealand economy - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 25, 2018

Earlier this week, in the lead up to ANZAC Day today, The Treasury drew attention to an interesting conference paper written a few years ago by Brian Easton on “The impact of the Great War on the New Zealand economy”.   From the opposite end of the political spectrum, Eric Crampton described it as “really great”.  I’m not … Read More

Sweet Relief: Eric Crampton on the Sugar Tax - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 08, 2018

For the past several years, public health lobbyists have pretended that all opposition to sugar taxes is ideologically motivated or dishonest. They have argued that the only thing stopping the government from implementing their beneficent proposals has been the actions of nefarious interest groups. And so it is interesting to read what the Ministry of Health’s officials actually thought about … Read More

Analysis of a new NZ Treasury Report on soft drink tax - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Feb 28, 2017

By Professors Tony Blakely, Nick Wilson, Boyd Swinburn and Cliona Ni Mhurchu The Government has an action plan to tackle childhood obesity, but it lacks a tax on sugary drinks – a strategy for which there is good evidence.  A new Treasury Report on soft drink tax price elasticities has just emerged. It has the look of a strategically published … Read More

Social capital isn’t an unadulterated good - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 12, 2013

The same trust and cooperation that can yield great things in civil society in provision of public goods also facilitates group norms punishing cartel defectors and reducing criminals' likelihood of giving evidence against co-conspirators.McSweeney's seemed to be channeling an excellent old Cowen and Sutter piece this week [HT: BK Drinkwater]. Here's McSweeney's:OK, let’s sit and think about this … Read More

What’s the value of a degree, Virginia? - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Dec 06, 2012

My prima alma mater sent me a link to a Washington Post article on a new database: a groundbreaking database Virginia published Thursday … pinpoints for the first time how much graduates from specific college programs, public and private, earn when they enter the job market. It’s good to have this sort of information available, although [...] … Read More

Bigger Classes in Schools? Will they ever learn? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 03, 2012

Yet again the topic of class size in schools is in the news. A report from Treasury is suggesting that schools increase class sizes as a cost cutting measure for the government. It is disturbing to see it reported that Finance Minister Bill English has made comments that there is “clear evidence” that class size doesn’t matter. As someone who taught … Read More