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All Economics NZ Publications

  • Flight of the Kiwi: Addressing the Brain Drain

    Andrew Patterson, David Kirk, Don Turkington, Luke Malpass | 27 Mar 2012 | Policy Forum

    Why are so many New Zealanders flocking to Australian shores, and what can be done to stop the so-called Kiwi ‘brain drain’? In...

  • The Decade-long Binge: How Government Squandered Ten Years of Economic Prosperity

    Luke Malpass | 17 Nov 2011 | Issue Analysis

    Government spending in New Zealand has increased enormously over the past decade in order to meet social goals. From 2000-2010...

  • Alcohol Policy and the Politics of Moral Panic

    Luke Malpass | 26 May 2011 | Policy Monographs

    New Zealand’s proposed liquor legislation marks a return to old attitudes towards alcohol regulation that perversely believe,...

  • FEATURE: A 'Regulatory Constitution' for New Zealand

    Roger Kerr | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    New Zealand is analysing the potential and prospects of a Regulatory Responsibility Act.

  • Superseding MMP: Real Electoral Reform for New Zealand

    Luke Malpass | 16 Mar 2010 | Policy Monographs

    New Zealanders need to seize the opportunity of the upcoming referendum on electoral reform and reinvent their system of...

  • KiwiRail: Doomed to Fail?

    Luke Malpass | 10 Sep 2009 | Issue Analysis

    Government ownership cannot and will not ‘fix’ rail in New Zealand.  Luke Malpass argues that one year after the renationalisation,...

  • Supersize New Zealand : A Collection of Essays on How to Improve New Zealand's Public Policy

    Luke Malpass | 09 Sep 2009 | Policy Forum

    This collection of essays from the Centre for Independent Studies show that increased regulation and expenditure have put...

  • Emissions Tax: The Least Worst Option

    Luke Malpass | 16 Jul 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The New Zealand government’s emissions trading system, due to come into force in 2010 for energy and 2013 for agriculture,...

  • Ending No. 8 Wire Welfare: Why New Zealand is Lagging Behind

    Luke Malpass | 02 Apr 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The government’s welfare policy is moving in the right direction and a recession is a good time to reform the welfare system. ...

  • Submission to the NZ Business Tax Review 2008

    Phil Rennie | 14 Aug 2008 | Submissions

    The priorities for the NZ government should be: Reduce the corporate rate to 30% Reduce the top personal rate to 30% Reduce...

  • KiwiSaver or KiwiSucker? A Critical View

    Phil Rennie | 07 May 2008 | Issue Analysis

    The promised benefits of KiwiSaver do not match the high cost of the taxpayer subsidies. With KiwiSaver and New Zealand Super...

  • OPINION: NZ Government Gags Critics

    David Farrar | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Changes to New Zealand's election laws favour incumbents over challengers and critics.

  • Why is Australia So Much Richer than New Zealand?

    Phil Rennie | 04 Dec 2007 | Issue Analysis

    New Zealand has lower labour productivity, higher income tax, fewer opportunities for capital investment and more sporadic...

  • Taming New Zealand’s Tax Monster

    Phil Rennie | 15 May 2007 | Issue Analysis

    New Zealanders now pay an extra $20 billion per year in tax than they did in 2000. There needs to be a proper review of...

  • Reinventing New Zealand’s Welfare State

    Peter Saunders | 27 Mar 2007 | Issue Analysis

    New Zealanders are much richer than when the welfare state was founded. People’s incomes should therefore be sufficient...

  • New Zealand’s Spending Binge

    Phil Rennie | 15 Mar 2007 | Issue Analysis

    Government spending in New Zealand is now $20 billion higher than it was in 2000, yet the available social indicators show...

  • Why Tax Cuts Are Good for Growth

    Phil Rennie | 18 Oct 2006 | Issue Analysis

    In the wake of the government’s $11 billion budget surplus, cutting taxes could deliver a significant boost to the economy....

  • How to Fix a Leaky Tax System

    Phil Rennie | 14 Sep 2006 | Issue Analysis

    The New Zealand tax system has become complicated and unfair, and its integrity corroded by the introduction of a 39%...

  • FEATURE: The Fall and Rise of the State in New Zealand

    Phil Rennie | 09 Sep 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    After a brief respite in the 1980s and early 90s, the state's powerful role in New Zealand life has begun to grow again....

  • Are New Zealanders Paying Too Much Tax?

    Phil Rennie | 15 May 2006 | Issue Analysis

    New Zealand is a highly taxed country on a global scale and has record budget surpluses. The past decade has seen huge increases...

  • State of the Nation New Zealand 2003

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Apr 2003 | Special Publications

    The report, State of the Nation New Zealand, traces and analyses the profound social and economic changes occurring over...

  • FEATURE: New Zealand's flawed growth strategy

    Roger Kerr | 03 Mar 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    The government's committed to raising the country's growth rate, but this will not happen while public spending and taxation...

  • Gambles with the Economic Constitution: The Reregulation of Labour in New Zealand

    Wolfgang Kasper | 29 Aug 2000 | Policy Monographs

    The proposed Employment Relations Bill will prove costly for New Zealand citizens and workers. This report, says the proposed...

  • COMMENT: World Competitiveness- Are We On Track?

    Kevin Daly | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    An update on Australia's world competitiveness ranking.

  • COMMENT: The Air New Zealand Pilots Society

    Mike Beverland | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    A Case Study in 'New Unionism'.

  • FEATURE: Responsibility and Reform: A Conversation With Ruth Richardson

    Wolfgang Kasper | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    An interview with Ruth Richardson, the first Finance Minister in Jim Bloger's National Party Government in New Zealand.

  • FEATURE: On The Road To Full Employment

    Wolfgang Kasper | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The success of the New Zealand Employment Contracts Act.

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: CER and Australian Cultural Protection

    Ross Jones | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Services Protocol was expected to be the major instrument in the development of free trade in the services sector. But...

  • FEATURE: Liberalising New Zealand's Economy: Rehabilitation and Recovery

    Grant M. Scobie, John Janssen | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The economic reforms of the the 1980s in New Zealand constitute one of the most far-fetching liberalisations in modern times.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Soaking the Rich

    Robin Oliver | 06 Jun 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    A Capital Gains Tax for New Zealand by Rick Krever and Neil Brooks (Institute of Policy Studies, 1990.)

  • FEATURE: Trans-Tasman Shipping and the 1992 CER Review

    Keith Trace | 12 Dec 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Trans-Tasman shipping is on the agenda of the 1992 review of the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Agreement...

  • FEATURE: New Zealand's Agriculture and Trade: Is There Life After the GATT Uruguay Round?

    Jimmye S. Hillman | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    An assessment of the prospects for New Zealand's agricultural exports in the context of current attempts to liberalise world...

  • BOOK REVIEW: New Zealand's Industry: Sunset or Sunrise?

    Grant Scobie | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Turning it Around: Closure and Revitalization in New Zealand Industry edited by John Savage and Alan Bollard (Oxford University...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Economics for the Layman

    Brian Dollery | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Understanding the New Economy by Alfred Malabre (Dow Jones-Irwin, 1989)

  • FEATURE: Restructuring New Zealand's Research and Development Policy

    Grant M. Scobie, Veronica Jacobsen | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Research and development policy in New Zealand has undergone a radical reform to achieve greater accountability and contestability...

  • Reflections on Privatisation

    Roderick Deane | 03 Mar 1991 | Occasional Papers

    In this Occasional Paper, Dr Roderick Deane, a close observer of New Zealand’s extensive privatisation program, argues...

  • FEATURE: Comparable Worth in New Zealand: A Blow Against Equity

    Penelope J Brook | 12 Dec 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Current proposals to introduce 'employment equity' focus exclusively on wage outcomes and ignore processes of wage determination....

  • FEATURE: Private Sector Funding of Tertiary Education in New Zealand

    Alan Woodfield | 09 Sep 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    The New Zealand government has rejected the Hawke Report's proposal to increase private funding for post-compulsory education...

  • FEATURE: Reforming New Zealand's Liquor Law

    Alan Dormer | 03 Mar 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    A transcript of a talk given by Alan Dormer, member of the Laking Committee, to the New Zealand Centre for Independent Studies,...