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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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Democracy and Political Ignorance
Ilya Somin will be speaking here in Wellington next week at Victoria University on his recent book on democracy and political ignorance . I really hope you can join us. An American perspective on political ignorance, given the current GOP nomination, could ...
Ilya Somin will be speaking here in Wellington next week at Victoria University on his recent book on democracy and political ignorance. I really hope you can join us. An American perspective on political ignorance, given the current GOP nomination, could be rather enlightening.
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Sweet sweet leave
While I was chasing the kids on Fijian beaches last week (and not blogging), the Dom Post ran my piece on tax hypothecation and sugar taxes . It is very, very easy to break a beautiful tax system. Here is the recipe for doing it. Start by finding some produ...
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Painting features as bugs
I hadn't quite understood New Zealand's carbon emissions trading scheme before I moved to Wellington. The thing seemed a little dodgy with a fair bit of reliance on dubious foreign credits. But then the genius of the thing was explained to me. I've not look...
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Water water everywhere
And oh the trolls did shriek. Over at the Christchurch Press , I went through the current controversies about an Ashburton water bottling plant. New Zealand allocates water drawing rights through a consenting system. Government allocates drawing rights for ...
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The UBI and the political constraint
I walk through the basics on universal basic incomes over at The Spinoff . After explaining Milligan's impossible trinity, I note the political constraint that I think blocks Gareth Morgan's proposed UBI. Morgan's proposed UBI would leave some very poor fam...
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IPUMS envy
A couple weeks back , I couldn't get NZ Census data going back earlier than the 1996 Census. I'd then asked one of The Initiative's researchers, who's better on Stats NZ data than I am, to see whether he could find data going farther back. He couldn't. Stat...
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In search of Arrow-Debreu worlds
I remain a bit puzzled as to why I have been utterly unable to convince any insurer to provide me a quote for earthquake insurance for Wellington. I've mooted the product before; I've stripped it down here to what I think is its simplest form. In short, I w...
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What's the product? Locavore edition
I've wondered how much locavore, or GMO-free, or other strong expressed ethical-preference consumers' demand is real as compared to notional. Do people really want  the product they're buying to satisfy all the constraints, or do they just want the warm glo...
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Sweet talk
Last night,  I chatted with Bryan Crump on Radio New Zealand Nights about sugar taxes . When I pitched the topic a couple of weeks ago, I hadn't pegged that it would have been quite so topical in New Zealand. I was rather happy to be talking about sugar tax...
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It is unprofessional for the doctors to leap straight from observing a problem to promoting just one recommended solution. The medical people just want to move along the demand curve to a point of lower demand, without any obvious consideration of, say, shifting the demand curve, or some form of rationing. There are lots of ways a government could act. Here are just a few - advertising (similar to what EECA does for energy conservation), warnings on labels (similar to 'caution: it is dangerous to exceed the stated dose'), gruesome photos on labels (as for tobacco packets), age restrictions for purchase (as for alcohol). Also, what about other causes of obesity, such as fatty foods or just plain overeating. I'm not suggesting the problem is too complex for a solution, but that there is a huge difference between observing there is a problem on the one hand, and in coming up with an effective solution on the other hand.
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Against hypothecation
One of the big reasons I don't like hypothecated taxes - taxes that are tied to particular projects - is that they lead to nonsense like this: Would you support a soda tax? What if it was used to support universal pre-k? https://t.co/l36a7O9yVD pic.twitter....
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Learning from Canada: Refugee edition
Most of the time, I'm lauding how New Zealand gets things right that Canada messes up. The GST, no agricultural subsidies, low tariffs, parallel importation, open internal labour markets and lack of trade barriers between Otago and Wellington - NZ has a lot...
Most of the time, I'm lauding how New Zealand gets things right that Canada messes up. The GST, no agricultural subsidies, low tariffs, parallel importation, open internal labour markets and lack of trade barriers between Otago and Wellington - NZ has a lot going for it.
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Disqus issues
I apologise for some ongoing technical issues with Disqus. A while back, Disqus stopped playing nice with the mobile version of Offsetting. Those comments have been going into the standard Blogger comments rather than into Disqus, and so aren't seen on the ...
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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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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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The cost of lazy health reporting
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