Final Eric Crampton

Dr Eric Crampton

Chief Economist

Eric is the Chief Economist at The New Zealand Initiative. With the Initiative, he has worked in policy areas ranging from freshwater management to policy for earthquake preparedness, and from local government to technology policy. He has recently focused on policy related to Covid-19 response. He served as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics & Finance at the University of Canterbury from 2003 through 2014.

Eric’s columns and commentary appear regularly in New Zealand’s major media outlets, as well as on his blog, Offsetting Behaviour. He can also be found on Twitter at @ericcrampton .


Latest reports:

Submission: Transforming Recycling - Container Return Scheme (2022)
Submission: Wellington Council on the Draft Economic Wellbeing Strategy (2022)
Submission: Managing exotic afforestation incentives (2022)
Submission: The market study into residential building supplies preliminary issues paper (2022)
Submission: Issues raised at the consultation conference on the Commission's market study into the retail grocery sector draft report (2021)
Submission: Resource management enabling housing supply and other matters Amendment Bill
(2021) 
Submission: Covid-19 public health response Amendment Bill (no 2)
(2021) 
Research Note: Safer arrivals and the path to 2022
(2021)
Submission: The market study into the retail grocery sector draft report
(2021)
Fording the rapids: Charting a course to fresher water
(2021)
Submission: Proposals for a smokefree Aotearoa 2025 action plan (2021)
Submission: Inquiry into congestion pricing in Auckland (2021)
Policy Point: A risky place to do business (2021)
Roadmap for Recovery: Briefing to the Incoming Government (2020)
Submission: Smokefree environments and regulated products Act 1990: Proposals for regulations (2021)
Democracy in the Dark
(2020)
Research Note: Safe Arrivals (2020)
Policy Point: Open for minds: export education and recovery (2020)
Submission: Smokefree environments and regulated products (vaping) Amendment Bill (2020)
Policy Point: Stay on Target (2020)
Research Note: Effective Treatment: Public policy prescription for a pandemic  (2020)
Policy Point: Time to process (2020)

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Phone: +64 4 499 0790

Email: eric.crampton@nzinitiative.org.nz

Recent Work

Eric for podcast

Podcast: Oliver Hartwich and Eric Crampton on barriers to supermarket entry

Oliver Hartwich and Eric Crampton discuss how the government is preventing overseas supermarkets from entering the New Zealand market. To listen to our latest podcasts, please subscribe to The New Zealand Initiative podcast on iTunes, Spotify or The Podcast App. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr Eric Crampton
Podcast
20 October, 2022
RNZ Nights with Karyn Hay square

Discussing inflation, central bank policy and the housing shortage

Chief Economist at The New Zealand Initiative Dr Eric Crampton is in the studio to talk economics. Tonight Dr Crampton joins us to discuss inflation and central bank policy, the housing shortage and how we got here, and the Future for Local Government Forum's report which is due out at the end of the month. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
RNZ Nights with Karyn Hay
18 October, 2022
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Podcast: Europe’s mega crisis – Michael Johnston in conversation with Oliver Hartwich and Eric Crampton

In this episode Michael Johnston hosts Oliver Hartwich and Eric Crampton to discuss various European crises and how New Zealand should be learning from, and not repeating, the European mistakes. To listen to our latest podcasts, please subscribe to The New Zealand Initiative podcast on iTunes, Spotify or The Podcast App. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr Eric Crampton
Dr Michael Johnston
Podcast
29 September, 2022

Media release: Strong support for the ETS to get us to Net Zero

Wellington (Wednesday, 28 September 2022) – New Zealand’s economists strongly support the Emissions Trading Scheme and strengthening it through a carbon dividend. The latest survey of members of the New Zealand Association of Economists finds extraordinarily strong agreement that: Tightening the ETS’s cap on emissions makes far more sense than measures like fuel economy standards on imported vehicles (53% strongly agree, 35% agree, 5% disagree); If additional market failures are present, policies should target those directly to reduce the cost of mitigating emissions (24% strongly agree, 57% agree, 2% strongly disagree); A carbon dividend to households beats measures like electric vehicle subsidies or targeted regulations for ensuring equity (45% strongly agree; 48% agree; 2% disagree). Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr Eric Crampton
Media Release
28 September, 2022

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