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Eric Crampton
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Chief Economist with The New Zealand Initiative in Wellington. Adjunct Senior Fellow, University of Canterbury
Chief Economist with The New Zealand Initiative in Wellington. Adjunct Senior Fellow, University of Canterbury

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A Treasury without opportunity costs
Treasury Secretary Gabriel Maklouf assured us that critics of the Living Standards Framework have it all wrong .  Sometimes, I hear the criticism that the Treasury’s focus on living standards implies a lack of focus on the fundamentals.  That what we should...
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Rental rationing
Louis Houlbrooke has an eye for interesting questions. The crazy thing about the current rental squeeze: queues outside flat viewings suggest that landlords are under-pricing flats. We're still early in the student season, how long before landlords readin...
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Tertiary access isn't about tertiary fees
If you want to improve university enrollment rates among Maori and Pasifika kids, you should look at what's going on earlier in the education system. Lisa Meehan, Gail Pacheco and Zoe Pushon find that ethnic gaps in school performance are the largest contri...
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Avoiding supply management
Canadians wanting to run a dairy farm have little choice but to deal with Canada's crappy supply management system.  Well, unless you're the Canadian Government, and you're running a public sector pension scheme, and you want to make investments in dairy, a...
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SOOBs and disamenities
Housing within Amsterdam's red light district trades at a discount.  Here's Erasmo Giambona and Rafael Ribas. We measure the externalities of prostitution by quantifying the discount that households require to live next to a brothel. In our tests, we exploi...
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Vogons vs Backpackers
Looks like the Vogons are going after backpackers that provide tourists with lodgings in exchange for some work around the place. Backpacker hostels face big fines if they continue the long held tradition of casually offering travellers free beds in exchang...
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YIMBY strategies
How can YIMBYs overcome the NIMBYs? Local action and state-level policy reform says Kenneth Stahl. Stahl argues that NIMBYs block development because of worries that increased supply will hurt the value of owners' biggest asset - their homes. I'm not sure t...
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Food fights
Hoisted from the comments, here's Donald Ellis's take on NZ's food safety regime. This is a slightly nuanced situation. The newspaper report seems to say that one part of the DHB shut down the operation of another part of the DHB and are using the new legis...
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In defence of flogging, revisited.
I'm a fan of Moskos's essay on flogging. It looks like Zach Wienersmith is too.  Hit the link for proper viewing. And for the red button.
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Why not just link?
Is it just laziness? Time pressure? There has to be some decent reason why newspapers are just so gawdawful bad at linking through to whatever study they're reporting on, or whatever other article some columnist's critiquing.  Here's Rosemary McLeod  at the...
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