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Dr David Law

Senior Fellow

David joined The New Zealand Initiative as a Senior Fellow after spending three years in the Economics Department of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.  Between 2003 and 2016 he worked in the New Zealand public sector, undertaking economic research and analysis for the Treasury, the Commerce Commission and the Electricity Authority. 

David holds a PhD in economics from Victoria University of Wellington with a focus on policy evaluation in the areas of savings and housing.

Links to latest reports:

Research Note: Rent Controls - The next mistake in housing policy (2021)
Research Note: Educational Performance and Funding in New Zealand: Are our children getting the education they deserve? (2021)
Policy Point: Minimum wages to the maximum: The risks of lifting the minimum wage (2020) 
Policy Point: Misdirection on housing affordability unhelpful (2020)
Roadmap for Recovery: Briefing to the Incoming Government (2020)
Policy Point: Borrowing to Save: Retirement Income Policy after Covid-19 (2020)
Policy Point: For better or for worse - How governments respond to crisis (2020)
Policy Point: Relief measures: comparing Covid-19 wage subsidy schemes (2020)
Policy Point: Stay on Target (2020)
Policy Point: Short-time work to maintain employment (2020)

Scroll down to read the rest of David's work.

Phone: 04 494 9101

Email: david.law@nzinitiative.org.nz

Recent Work

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Podcast: Dr David Law on the housing package and what it will mean for the housing market and rental market

Dr Oliver Hartwich and Dr David Law discuss the details of the government's new housing package and what it will mean for the housing market, house prices and first home buyers. They also discuss the consequences for the rental market and the pitfalls of rent controls. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr David Law
Podcast
31 March, 2021
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Podcast: Oliver Hartwich, Eric Crampton, Bryce Wilkinson and David Law discuss the Government's new housing package

Oliver Hartwich, Eric Crampton, Bryce Wilkinson and David Law discuss the Government's new housing package.

 

The New Zealand Initiative · The Government's Housing Package Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr Eric Crampton
Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Dr David Law
Podcast
24 March, 2021
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Podcast: David Law discusses education spending and performance in NZ

Following the release of our latest report, Educational Performance and Funding in New Zealand: Are our children getting the education they deserve? Senior Fellow and co-author of the report Dr David Law delves into the results and explains that a high level of education spending doesn't always equate to a high level of performance in our schools. Read more

Dr David Law
Podcast
4 March, 2021
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Minimum wages to the maximum

Last week, the Helen Clark Foundation and the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research released a joint report (the HCF&NZIER report) calling for a higher minimum wage to reduce inequality and lift productivity. The minimum wage increased from $17.70 to $18.90 in April of this year. Read more

Dr David Law
Insights Newsletter
4 December, 2020

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