The Dismal Science

More evidence on alcohol, health and the ‘J-curve’

Eric Crampton Aug 18, 2017

Another study out on the alcohol-health J-curve. This one uses 13 linked waves of the US National Health Interview Survey series, 1997 to 2009, to look at all-cause mortality, cancer, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) and drinking.* Lifetime abstainers are taken as baseline, so there is no sick-quitter confound. There could be confounding if those with poor health never begin drinking, … Read More

MBIE on how emissions reductions targets interact with immigration policy

Michael Reddell Jul 13, 2017

        No, that blank space wasn’t a mistake.  It was the sum total of everything MBIE has written or commissioned (analysis, advice, research, or whatever), in the period since the start of 2014 on how the appropriate or optimal immigration policy for New Zealand might be affected by commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At the start … Read More

MBIE’s slick new collection of data

Donal Curtin Jul 04, 2017

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released the Labour Market Dashboard – a one-stop self-service tool which displays labour market information from many different sources in one place. According to Manager of Labour Market Trends Nita Zodgekar, one of MBIE’s roles is to advise on New Zealand’s labour market and develop policy solutions to grow … Read More

Chainsaws and aeroplanes

Eric Crampton Jul 01, 2017

I’m glad that the lumberjack tried this one here instead of in the States: It seems a no-brainer that chainsaws wouldn’t be an acceptable item to take as luggage on a plane, but a man in New Plymouth gave it a go anyway. After getting upset when he was told he couldn’t take the chainsaw on the plane, the … Read More

Alcohol access and harms in the military

Eric Crampton Jun 29, 2017

A large sample study of American enlisted soldiers, who turned 21 while enlisted, found large increases in alcohol consumption at the birthday but no increase in harms consequent to that consumption: no meaningful effect on suicidal tendencies, depression, tobacco use, physical fitness, psychological health, deployability, smoking, or job-related infractions. Recall too that, following Boes & Stillman, the RDD … Read More

Higher education, big big numbers

Eric Crampton Jun 19, 2017

I don’t think we can blame the consultants for this one. Normally, big big numbers in economic impact reports are a black mark on the consultancy producing them. They don’t come with enough health warnings, and the misleading big big figures draw headlines too easily. Dave Guerin’s Ed Insider newsletter (essential reading for anybody following tertiary ed in New Zealand) covers the … Read More

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