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Eric Crampton
Works at University of Canterbury
Attended George Mason University
Lives in Khandallah, Wellington, New Zealand
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Creating externalities
If the obese are less productive, they'll be paid less by their employers or, ultimately, fired. Consequently, externalities from obesity running through employment and productivity should not be particularly large, or at least no more worrisome than any ot...
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Vape!
Here's Massey University's Marewa Glover on the case for unregulated e-cigs : “Vaping is not a public health issue,” she told  factasia . It should not attract precious funding away from very real threats to public health. Like many other products, electron...
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Industry Insights
The editor-in chief at Public Health Nutrition makes a backhanded case for including industry as referees on academic papers. As recap: that journal accepted a paper last June titled " Ultra-processed foods have the worst nutrient profile, yet they are the ...
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Copyright chats
My Tuesday night chat with Bryan Crump at RadioNZ's Nights covered copyright and the digital world. The content will be familiar to readers here, and to those who'd taken my Econ 224 course at Canterbury. My notes for the chat are up at The Initiative's San...
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Co-morbidity and the irrationality stick
It irritates me when economists reach quickly for the irrationality stick when they see a behaviour that they wouldn't themselves choose and that they don't like. Here's Frances Woolley's review of Phishing for Phools . She there takes on their argument tha...
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What is seen and what is unseen: Kitchen costs edition
Christchurch planners failed, post-quake, by not removing the restriction on secondary units in houses . Adding a few walls into a relatively undamaged house with spare rooms and turning one of those rooms into a kitchen would have been the simplest way of ...
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What a mess
The case against Jian Ghomeshi. To recap for Kiwi readers, Ghomeshi was a minor rockstar in Canada, fronting Moxy Fruvous, then went on to TV fame hosting a CBC programme. In 2014, a whirlwind of sexual assault and harassment allegations ended his career. C...
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Maths shortages
So, a potted history. Or, I suppose, a hypothesis. The government worried that there weren't enough students in sciences. And so they shifted a pile of tertiary funding into STEM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Disciplines that requ...
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TPPA reversals
I think it's fair to say that Brian Easton sits to the left of the NZ economist punditsphere, and that Mike Reddell sits to the right of the same. I'm not using punditsphere in any derogatory sense here: they're both serious economists worth taking seriousl...
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Healthy subsidies
What happens when you give shoppers a discount on healthy foods? Not very much, according to a new field study by Cawley, Hanks, Just and Wansink. Their mechanism was neat. Shoppers' purchases at a supermarket were tracked via loyalty card; participating ho...
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Costing policy
My Friday column at The NBR  noted some of the potential difficulties in the Greens' proposed policy costing regime. Housing it in Treasury is a bad idea as compared to in an independent office of Parliament, so it would not have to conduct a substantial bo...
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The Poverty of Inequality Reports
My column in last week's NBR went through the latest Oxfam report on global inequality . Among the problems: Any chart showing the time series wealth of the n  richest people today has a strong bias towards showing an increasing trend. Anyone who was on las...
My column in last week's NBR went through the latest Oxfam report on global inequality. Among the problems: Any chart showing the time series wealth of the n richest people today has a strong bias towards showing an increasing trend. Anyone who was on last year's top-n list but had a poor run ...
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World wealth increases over time, but a lot of people think it is zero-sum. If wealthy people got rich by taking wealth off the poor, who had all the colour TVs in 1900? 
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Economist and Head of Research with The New Zealand Initiative
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  • University of Canterbury
    Adjunct Senior Fellow, 2014 - present
    I maintain an adjunct affiliation with the University allowing me to continue to supervise graduate students.
  • The New Zealand Initiative
    Head of Research, 2014 - present
    Head of Research with the New Zealand Initiative
  • University of Canterbury
    Economist, 2014
    Lecturer and subsequently Senior Lecturer with the University of Canterbury in the Department of Economics
  • University of Canterbury
  • George Mason University
  • Parliament of Canada
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Khandallah, Wellington, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand - Farm 7 miles south of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba, Canada - Altamont, Manitoba, Canada - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - Fairfax, Virginia, United States - Bonn, Germany - South Brighton, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Curling will never be ruined
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Why this sport will forever be immune to the ugliness of modern athletics

Cashing in on predictions
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On Tuesday we had the momentous news that the politician whose hair has its own Twitter account was reappointed as a government minister.

Andrew Stuttaford - Carded For Candy?
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It never stops… Via Time: Sugar poses enough health risks that it should be considered a controlled substance just like alcohol and tobacco,

Video: 'It's a crack innit?'
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A trio of South Brighton residents has made a video commemorating the demise of local shops.

The United States is isolated in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations
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Canada and the United States are the two most isolated countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.

Nanny's drinking problem
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THE cigarette companies, public health activists believe, will slowly bleed to death thanks to tobacco plain packaging. Now they are going i

The cost of lazy health reporting
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Colby Cosh look at the math behind the headlines

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