Tagged: welfare

If New Zealand can radically reform its health system, why not do the same for welfare? - News

Guest Author May 05, 2021

Louise Humpage, University of Auckland   The government’s recently announced health sector reforms go well beyond what its expert health review had recommended. This was rightly welcomed by many in the sector, but it does raise the question: if radical change can be made in health, why not the same for welfare? For years now, benefit recipients, welfare … Read More

Book review: Zoo Ethics - Scibooks

Guest Author Dec 22, 2017

Reviewed by Susan Rapley Modern zoos exist at a difficult intersection: whether their containment and treatment of animals is morally and ethically justified, juxtaposed against an increasing need within the wider world for their research and conservation efforts. In Zoo Ethics: The Challenges of Compassionate Conservation, Jenny Gray seeks to investigate these conflicting concerns, a task she is well … Read More

A Whanau Ora puzzle - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton May 14, 2015

I've been in Wellington for the better part of a year now. I've attended a few different sessions from various Ministries on topics relating to stuff we're working on or might work on here at the Initiative.I've never properly understood what Whanau Ora, the new(ish) welfare delivery system, was or how it worked. And so I'd ask around a bit … Read More

Moar kids - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 04, 2014

Overshadowed (predictably) by Lorde's Grammy wins was Labour's policy announcement. Should Labour form government, they'd like to pay parents $60 per week for the first year of the child's life. 95% of children are meant to be covered by the plan, which is not income contingent for the first $150,000 of family income but abates to zero immediately at … Read More

Guaranteed Minimum Income - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 14, 2014

TANSTAAFL applies, as always.Matt Zwolinski makes the libertarian case for a guaranteed annual income over at the BHL blog. It's not a bad case. Here's Matt:The first of these posts elaborated on the (quasi-Nozickian) argument that a BIG could serve as a kind of rough-and-ready compensation for past injustice. David Friedman and David Henderson both took issue with this argument … Read More

Class etiquette - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 09, 2013

I'd joked about the class-entrenching function of etiquette a couple of years back.Etiquette rules, like the downward fork tines rule, that deliberately hobble the person making the display have a signalling value: it's the peacock's tail. Folks who've been able to spend hundreds of hours practicing how to eat in a deliberately hobbled fashion are then able to demonstrate … Read More

  • 1
  • 2