The Dismal Science

Plain packaging

Paul Walker Sep 05, 2012

The policy of ‘plain packaging’ for tobacco products is an issue here and many other places around the world. The idea is being discussed in the U.K. right now. The Adam Smith Institute has argued against plain packaging. It has published a report ... Read More

A nice point

Paul Walker Sep 05, 2012

At the Homepaddock blog Ele Ludemann makes a nice point about the difference between what people say they want and what they are willing to pay for: A survey established that New Zealanders support incentives to encourage clean industries and technolog... Read More

Green Growth: thoughts from experts

Bill Kaye-Blake Sep 04, 2012

The NZARES conference is on at the moment. I was there yesterday, enjoying sunny Nelson and the good company of ag and resource economists. The theme this year is ‘Green Growth: Logical Possibility or Oxymoron?’ Most of the papers focused on some aspect of the interaction between agriculture and the environment: measuring impacts, framing or [...] … Read More

Housekeeping and Requests!

Eric Crampton Sep 04, 2012

First, a brief note of apology for the shifting timestamps of posts here at The Dismal Science. Two things I’ve now learned: WordPress here is set to US UK [12 hour offset] time and so I need to adjust for time zone differences when scheduling posts in advance of publication. If I don’t hit the manual override switch, any post … Read More

Don’t believe the hype

Sam Richardson Sep 04, 2012

In preparation for an interview with Close Up that will appear on TV One some time next week, I took the liberty of drawing up an interview 'cheat sheet' with key reasons why people shouldn't get swept away in the euphoria that surrounds the announceme... Read More

More on the Christchurch rugby stadium

Paul Walker Sep 04, 2012

As noted in the previous post Sam Richardson has been continuing his thinking on the feasibility of a new covered rugby stadium for Christchurch over at his Fairplay and Forward Passes blog. He writes, If tangible benefits and costs exist for these pr... Read More

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