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Podcast #27: Briar Lipson on what’s going wrong in our schools

In this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, the country’s education system keeps slipping in standards and producing students who can barely solve the simplest sums or read basic instructions. But without solid and reliable data on how New Zealand schools are actually faring, it’s hard to make pinpoint effective changes. Read more

Briar Lipson
Nathan Smith
Podcast
25 September, 2020
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Podcast #26: Oliver Hartwich on the NZ’s economic house of cards

In this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, a scheduled release of the second quarter GDP statistics revealed the country’s economy dropped 12%, rather than the feared 16%. But coupled with the government’s money printing plans, the true state of the New Zealand economy is tough to judge at this point. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Nathan Smith
Podcast
18 September, 2020
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Podcast #25: Eric Crampton on the paradox of democracy

In this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, a new report on the state of civics knowledge in New Zealand reveals Kiwis have a bit of work to do before the election next month. Simply put, New Zealanders don’t know how lucky they are that their government works so well even though they don’t know much about it. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Nathan Smith
Podcast
11 September, 2020
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Podcast #24: Joel Hernandez asks what’s really going on in Sweden?

In this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, the world’s media is closely watching how Sweden’s tackling of the Covid-19 virus plays out. It appears the Nordic country has opted for a herd immunity strategy, as opposed to elimination or containment. Read more

Joel Hernandez
Nathan Smith
Podcast
4 September, 2020
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Podcast #22: Eric Crampton on National’s border policy ideas

While the Government works to plug the gaps to help achieve its elimination strategy, opposition political party National has released its own high-level policy for border protection. It is light on the details so far, but chief economist Eric Crampton says it sets out a workable framework which is worth adding to the pool of ideas for what to do about the border. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Nathan Smith
Podcast
21 August, 2020
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Podcast #18: Oliver Hartwich on Judith Collins and conservatism in 2020

With the appointment of Judith Collins as leader of the National Party, folk across the political spectrum hope the party is beginning to re-emerge as a genuine counterpoint to the current Labour-led government. New Zealand Initiative director Oliver Hartwich explains why Collins may be what National needs and why the political position of conservatism is so difficult to get excited about in a globalised world. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Nathan Smith
Podcast
17 July, 2020
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Podcast #17: David Law on retirement policy after Covid-19

Pulling New Zealand out of the fiscal hole opened up by Covid-19 will require a lot of new spending, which the government has already announced. But the crisis also offers the country a chance to rethink its expensive retirement schemes like Kiwisaver, the New Zealand Superannuation and the Superannuation Fund. Read more

Dr David Law
Nathan Smith
Podcast
10 July, 2020
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Podcast #16: Bryce Wilkinson unpacks Modern Monetary Theory

The concept of modern monetary theory is back. This set of economic ideas has been around for a while but has risen to prominence recently through the work of American economist and adviser to Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, Stephanie Kelton, whose book 'The Deficit Myth' was released in June. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Nathan Smith
Podcast
3 July, 2020

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