Dr Rachel Hodder

Former Research Fellow

Rachel Hodder was a Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative from 2016 to 2017. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Canterbury where she previously lectured courses in game theory, econometrics, and labour economics.

Rachel co-authored our immigration report, The New New Zealanders.

The New New Zealanders: Why migrants make good Kiwis

Recent Work

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Boot camps for all

I was nearly ready to blame the Government for all the things wrong with the country. But then at the weekend National kindly helped me to figure out which scapegoat deserves to be the target of my ire. Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Insights Newsletter
17 August, 2017
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Steaming mad

The Whanganui District Council has taken the bold step of banning the use of electronic cigarettes (vaping) in public areas. Experts recognise that vaping is a much safer alternative to smoking and has been a critical factor in helping people quit. Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Insights Newsletter
28 July, 2017
Parliament

Mutton dressed as lamb

Politicians are often accused of trying to pull the wool over the public’s eyes. It isn’t often they try to pull the wool under the public’s feet. Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Insights Newsletter
14 July, 2017
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Computerisation First

Important developments often get overlooked during busy news weeks. With the Lions tour, the America’s Cup victory, and a salacious scandal or two, it can be hard to keep up. Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Insights Newsletter
30 June, 2017
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Kentucky Fried Tragedy

It may not have caught your attention but New Zealand is in the grips of a tragic health disaster. Is this a particularly deadly new strain of the flu? Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Insights Newsletter
2 June, 2017
Parliament

Beating a dead gift horse

You should never look a gift horse in the mouth. Nor should you publicly bag the gift horse and accuse it of causing misery across the country. Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Insights newsletter
19 May, 2017
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The number one step

Treating symptoms without diagnosing the disease can provide temporary relief but is not the best way to find the cure in the long run. So it is with medicine, as it is with policy. Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Insights Newsletter
28 April, 2017
Lego people immigration

A levy for new migrants

If migrants are generally good for New Zealand and already contribute substantially to the public purse, why on earth would The New Zealand Initiative have suggested a levy on new migrants? The Initiative’s report on immigration, The New New Zealanders: Why migrants make good Kiwis, finds that New Zealand’s current immigration system is broadly successful but some tweaks could be worth considering. Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Interest.co.nz
6 March, 2017
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Confronting populism with evidence

The New Zealand Initiative this week made a case for why, when assessing immigration, it is important to count the benefits and not just the costs. Not surprisingly it was greeted with an intemperate response from NZ First leader Winston Peters, who railed at our finding that migrants are not stealing jobs from Kiwis. Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
The National Business Review
3 February, 2017
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Facts of immigration matter

Six months ago, when we started scoping the Initiative’s immigration report, we had a very specific audience in mind: Winston Peters. Our aim was to assemble all the available research and have a fact-based conversation with New Zealand’s most prominent immigration sceptic. Read more

Jason Krupp
Dr Rachel Hodder
Insights Newsletter
3 February, 2017
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Guy Williams discusses The New New Zealanders

Ahead of the launch of The New New Zealanders: Why migrants make good Kiwis, comedian and TV personality Guy Williams spent the day chatting to the report authors. In the first of a series of videos, Guy, and the report authors Jason Krupp and Dr Rachel Hodder discuss the report findings and myth-bust some of the fears that people have about immigration. Read more

Jason Krupp
Dr Rachel Hodder
1 February, 2017
Lego people immigration

An alternative to alternative facts

‘Alternative facts’ has been the phrase of the week. President Trump’s attempts to increase the crowd figures at his inauguration demonstrated a new low in post-truth politics. Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Insights Newsletter
27 January, 2017
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Outcomes elude equity intentions

It’s pretty good being a working woman in New Zealand, which has one of the lowest gender pay gaps in the OECD. Gender disparities in many occupations have been closing. Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
The National Business Review
2 December, 2016

Shaky silver linings

It was an odd sense of déjà vu this week as someone who lived in Christchurch until recently. The earthquake was hugely destructive and distressing for many. Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Insights Newsletter
18 November, 2016

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