Sometimes you just have to accept that the devil has the best tunes. That Australians are better than Kiwis at some sports. Read more
Dr Tony Burton
Tony is a Research Fellow at the New Zealand Initiative. He acquired a PhD in economics and philosophy from the University of East Anglia researching game theory and choice under uncertainty. After the purity of academic research, he opted for the murky world of policy, first at the UK Ministry of Health, then in New Zealand at the Ministry of Social Development and Treasury. He lives in Wellington with his (very) patient partner, impatient child and entirely disinterested cat.
The classic British TV series Yes, Minister put the problem well. Any incoming Minister faces a nearly impossible task not only in getting their head around the policy issues in their area, which can be formidable, but also in getting to grips with the machinery of state. Read more
In this thought-provoking episode, the Initiative’s economists – Dr Oliver Hartwich, Dr Eric Crampton, Dr Tony Burton, and Dr Bryce Wilkinson – dive into the debate over whether Australia is a better option for skilled talent. They discuss the current challenges faced by New Zealand in terms of health, education, and infrastructure, and how the nation's performance is deteriorating relative to Australia. Read more
The Initiative team has welcomed a new addition to their team with the appointment of Tony Burton as a Research Fellow. Tony has a PhD in economics and philosophy from the University of East Anglia researching game theory and choice under uncertainty. Read more