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Podcast #9: 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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Podcast #8: 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
Podcast
3 April, 2020
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Podcast #7: David Law discusses short-time work schemes

The Government’s response to the global coronavirus pandemic is expected to lead to a deep recession. Many companies are faced with laying off employees. While the Government has announced plans to assist people without jobs and companies in distress, our research fellow David Law says other plans maybe more helpful. He discusses the details with our chief editor Nathan Smith in this week's podcast. Read more

Dr David Law
Nathan Smith
Podcast
27 March, 2020
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Podcast #6: Policy analyst Joel Hernandez unveils the real success of three Kiwi secondary schools

Welcome to this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast with chief editor Nathan Smith. Policy analyst Joel Hernandez joins the stream to discuss the latest developments with his school performance tool. Joel has spent the last two years building a reliable model to assess how New Zealand’s 500 secondary schools are truly faring.The tool uses data drawn from Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (or IDI) to separate the contribution of each student’s socioeconomic background from the contribution of the school.He... Read more

Joel Hernandez
Nathan Smith
Podcast
11 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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Briar Lipson
Nathan Smith
Podcast
14 February, 2020

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