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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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What should Knightean economists do?
Andrew Farrant trawls the archives to figure out what happened when James Buchanan visited Pinochet's Chile. Although Milton Friedman and Arnold Harberger became involved with Pinochet's Chile in the mid‐1970s, an increasingly influential body of scholarshi...
What should Knightean economists do?
What should Knightean economists do?
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Good character?
National wishes to impose a 'fit and proper persons' test for those supplying legal medicinal cannabis. National's associate health spokesman Shane Reti said medicinal cannabis manufacturers and employees should be "fit and proper persons". National has pro...
Good character?
Good character?
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Where's my hockey rink?
Treasury has updated its CBAx cost-benefit analysis tool to bring in some of the measures from its new Living Standards Framework. And I think I can get a proper* hockey rink out of it. Let's walk it through. According to the CBAx tool, being able to expres...
Where's my hockey rink?
Where's my hockey rink?
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Micro costs of macro prudence
A few months ago, I was at one of the typical Productivity Hub roundtable sessions where Wellington-types mull over why something in markets isn't working the way they'd like and how they could nudge markets around to improve things. That time, it was about...
Micro costs of macro prudence
Micro costs of macro prudence
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Hard Spirits
I write a lot of columns. I rather like how this one turned out. It was up at Newsroom Pro yesterday ; it's ungated here , and copied below. Hard Spirits It was during the discussions of measuring spiritual capital that the ghost of Sir John James Cowperthw...
Hard Spirits
Hard Spirits
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Census woes
I don't know what normal people talk about at drinks. For the past few months, whenever I'd catch up with other economists over drinks, it's been rumours about just how bad things are at Census.  The mess hit the front page of the Dom Post today. Documents ...
Census woes
Census woes
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Every time a NIMBY cries...
How do you get a housing crisis? One blocked building consent at a time.  The Court of Appeal has quashed resource consents granted for a $500 million development in Wellington at Shelly Bay. The Court found the Wellington City Council made an error of law ...
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Every time a NIMBY cries...
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Disgraceful
This is absolutely not how a member of a government that is trying to defend the World Trading Organisation's rules-based framework should be behaving.  From Question Period late yesterday: David Seymour : Has the Minister had advice in any form that some o...
Disgraceful
Disgraceful
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Trivialising vocabulary
A teacher provides a defence of not expecting kids to know the word trivial , and not using hard words like trivial on NCEA exams.  And yet the incidence of an apparently innocuous word causing such consternation amongst exam candidates speaks to a number o...
Trivialising vocabulary
Trivialising vocabulary
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More than trivial
Despair : Students sitting the NZQA Level 3 History causes and consequences paper on Wednesday were confronted with the word in a quote from Julius Caesar: "Events of importance are the result of trivial causes." Students were asked to analyse the extent to...
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More than trivial
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