Podcast: The economics of free speech

Dr Eric Crampton
Dr Michael Johnston
Prof Arthur Grimes
26 June, 2023

The right to freedom of expression is enshrined in most constitutions and is deemed to be an essential human right under international law. Yet people in many countries face restrictions on their freedom of speech and on other civil liberties. So how does New Zealand compare?

In this week’s podcast, Eric Crampton and Michael Johnston are joined by Arthur Grimes for an insightful discussion exploring the value of freedom of speech, its impact on well-being, and the nuanced relationship beyond the left-right divide.

Discover intriguing findings from Professor Grimes' study and the importance of preserving this fundamental democratic principle.

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Read the article: The economics of free speech: Subjective wellbeing and empowerment of marginalized citizens

Read the summary: Who benefits most from the protection of free speech – the haves or the have-nots?


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