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Podcast #15: How to think about cannabis legalisation, with Dr Eric Crampton

On this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, Kiwis are set to vote in a referendum to legalise cannabis on September 19. It’s a controversial topic for some, but chief economist Dr Eric Crampton says thinking about cannabis from an economic perspective can help clear up many misconceptions and worries. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Nathan Smith
Podcast
26 June, 2020
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Podcast #14: Eric Crampton on how to build a real quarantine system

On this week’s podcast, reports this week show that New Zealand’s quarantine protocols are not as robust as people thought and the question of what to do about protecting the border from fresh Covid-19 cases is now front and centre. Our chief economist Dr Eric Crampton is outlining a gold standard quarantine system which may need to involve the private sector and require a deep rethink from the Government. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Nathan Smith
Podcast
18 June, 2020
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Podcast #13: Nathan Smith on the shifting sands of globalisation

In just a few months, Covid-19 travelled from China to more than 200 other countries, has now killed more than 330,000 people, forced organisations and individuals to embrace new practices such as remote working and plenty of tech shifts. The term “frequent flyer” will now be an anachronism and many think the pandemic spelled the death of market economies and globalisation. Read more

Nathan Smith
Podcast
12 June, 2020
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Podcast #12: Oliver Hartwich explains why NZ’s economic institutions must be protected now

The Covid-19 crisis has quickly evolved from a health issue into an economic threat. The science was largely clear about what should be done to combat a pandemic, although historians will be the judge of those decisions, but there are plenty of competing ideas now about how to protect the economy after a pandemic. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Nathan Smith
Podcast
4 June, 2020
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Podcast #8: Leonard Hong on Singapore’s Covid-19 containment model

The world has had mixed success containing Covid-19 with Singapore as a standout example during the early phases of the pandemic. Our Research Assistant Leonard Hong talks to chief editor Nathan Smith about Singapore’s approach and shares the lessons for New Zealand. Read more

Nathan Smith
Podcast
9 April, 2020
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Video Podcast: Eric Crampton and Bryce Wilkinson on the Government’s Covid-19 cost-benefit analysis

Our chief editor Nathan Smith is joined by chief economist Dr Eric Crampton and senior fellow Dr Bryce Wilkinson. In this week’s podcast, they discuss whether the Government’s Covid-19 cost-benefit analysis and subsequent lockdown is economically sound. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Nathan Smith
Video Podcast
3 April, 2020
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Podcast #5: Our newest researcher David Law about his time at the OECD

On this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, chief editor Nathan Smith speaks to career public servant David Law who is one of the newest policy researchers at the Initiative. He returns to New Zealand from spending a handful of years at the OECD in Paris, but before that David worked at the Commerce Commission, the Electricity Authority and the Treasury. Read more

Dr David Law
Nathan Smith
Podcast
6 March, 2020
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Podcast #4: Oliver Hartwich talks about his background policy passions

In this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast with host and chief editor Nathan Smith, executive director Oliver Hartwich teases out his impressive history of policy work, why he chose to come to New Zealand and also unpacks why some of his most passionate policy points could help boost this country in a better direction.

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Nathan Smith
Podcast
28 February, 2020
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Podcast #3: Eric Crampton on the joys of thinking like an economist

In this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, chief editor Nathan Smith is joined by chief economist Eric Crampton who answers a handful of questions about why he chose to become an economist, what keeps him motivated and what titans of the field have inspired him over the years.

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Dr Eric Crampton
Nathan Smith
Podcast
21 February, 2020
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Podcast #2: Briar Lipson makes the case against ‘romantic’ education models

In this week’s long-form podcast interview, our chief editor Nathan Smith sat down with research fellow Briar Lipson to discuss why New Zealand’s education standards are slipping and how the progressive or “romantic” notions of schooling gained such tight traction in this country.

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Briar Lipson
Nathan Smith
Podcast
14 February, 2020

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