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Fixing Tax Evadance through Public Equity | Keith Rankin

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 3:15 pm | Keith Rankin

On Sunday I watched a BBC Panorama programme about the widespread use in Britain of secret Swiss bank accounts for the purpose of tax avoidance, with particular focus on the Swiss operations of HSBC. More >>

Thought for this Day: Balance of Reasonable Doubt

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 9:07 am | Keith Rankin

I watched the final of series 2 of Broadchurch (TV1) on Sunday. This drama depicted the trial a person the audience already knew to be guilty (from series 1). The defence of the accused was based purely on creating doubt, and the main device for creating ... More >>

Keith Rankin : Inflation, Deflation, Balance

Monday, 2 March 2015, 9:00 am | Keith Rankin

Journalistic economics tends to see 'good' or 'bad' in the various economic measures that we frequently hear in the news. This motivated me to write a piece Normative Economic Journalism (28 Feb 2015) in The Daily Blog about the use of colour shading ... More >>

Media Imagination: Asking the Right Questions : Keith Rankin

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:35 am | Keith Rankin

There are many concerns about the state of the 'free' (as in 'free speech' not 'free lunch') media today, and many of them relate to the conflicting pressures to inform, to make the powerful accountable, and to make a profit. Clearly the latter two pressures ... More >>

Thought for the Day: Addressing the Islamic State

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 10:43 am | Keith Rankin

The brutal and publicity-seeking behaviour of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS or ISIL) in the places we westerners call 'Middle-East' and 'Iraq' and 'Syria' is certainly a challenge to western liberal democracies. More >>

Thought for the Day: Foreigners Driving on the Left

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 9:55 am | Keith Rankin

We are hearing a lot on the news this summer about the high numbers of serious car crashes in New Zealand linked to foreign drivers. The assumption always made is that it's because people in other countries drive on the other (right) side of the road. ... More >>

Thought for the Day: Greece unshackling?

Monday, 23 February 2015, 11:27 am | Keith Rankin

Several years ago, Greece was slammed into the debtors' prison by a group of northern European countries led by Germany. The country only gets out of jail when its government has implemented policies that suit external creditor interests. More >>

Thought for Day: Buy-Sell Balance, USA versus Netherlands

Friday, 20 February 2015, 9:39 am | Keith Rankin

We hear quite a lot about work-life balance, but what about buy-sell balance? For the former balance we ask, do we live to work or work to live? For the buy-sell balance the question is: Is our economic purpose to make money or is it to enjoy goods and ... More >>

Thought for the Day: Contribution through Innovation

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 9:36 am | Keith Rankin

A few days ago I noted these stories ( Biggest house prefabricator in hands of receivers and House builder owes $17.5m to creditors ) in the NZ Herald relating to the receivership of eHome. If the housing problem that we face was just about the cost of building ... More >>

Thought for the Day: Determining Total Income Tax Revenue

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 8:31 am | Keith Rankin

This OECD item ( http://www.oecd.org/ctp/consumption/revenue-statistics-and-consumption-tax-trends-2014-new-zealand.pdf ) comparing the tax "burdens" of different countries came into my inbox a few days ago. More >>

Thought for the Day: Chinese Investment Worldwide

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 11:18 am | Keith Rankin

We are in the habit of calling asset purchases 'investment'. And a big issue around the world is how the beneficiaries of China's rapid economic growth are placing the savings generated by this growth. It's clear that one of the most significant destinations ... More >>

Thought for the Day: Income Distribution, not Redistribution

Monday, 16 February 2015, 10:01 am | Keith Rankin

I have been taking a new look at Gareth Morgan's 2011 book The Big Kahuna: Turning Tax and Welfare in New Zealand on its Head . By and large it's an excellent popular contribution by an economist to the debate about the need for some kind of unconditional ... More >>

Thought for the Day: Learning and Imagination

Friday, 13 February 2015, 9:31 am | Keith Rankin

Economics as a subject in higher education is on the wane, at both university and institute of technology levels. It is less likely these days to be a compulsory part of a business degree, and is likely to be dropped from the New Zealand Diploma in ... More >>

Thought for the Day: Learning and Imagination

Friday, 13 February 2015, 8:56 am | Keith Rankin

Economics as a subject in higher education is on the wane, at both university and institute of technology levels. It is less likely these days to be a compulsory part of a business degree, and is likely to be dropped from the New Zealand Diploma in ... More >>

Thought for Day: Competitiveness in Popular Neoliberalism

Thursday, 12 February 2015, 2:44 pm | Keith Rankin

I have been reading Guy Standing's The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011). Standing gives a very interesting account (pp.132-3) of the philosophical origins of neoliberalism as a 'panopticon' utopia inspired by the late eighteenth century ... More >>

Thought for the Day: Cycling Tourism

Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 10:52 am | Keith Rankin

I heard a radio news item yesterday (Radio NZ, 10 Feb) about how cycling tourism is revitalising provincial economies (audio here ). I think this growth of cycle trails is great; indeed my teenage son and I had wonderful experiences cycling the ... More >>

Thought for the Day: Discouraged Workers?

Tuesday, 10 February 2015, 9:19 am | Keith Rankin

I heard a radio news item a few days ago (Radio NZ, 4 Feb) describing a "robust labour market, with more people 'looking for work'". More >>

Thought for the Day: Properties for Rent?

Monday, 9 February 2015, 7:06 pm | Keith Rankin

I saw a news item last night (TV1) about the difficulty of finding student flats in Auckland. OK, we get stories like this every February. But, surely, with all these properties in the Auckland isthmus being sold to 'investors', there should be a glut ... More >>

Thought for the Day: Properties For Rent?

Monday, 9 February 2015, 9:48 am | Keith Rankin

I saw a news item last night (TV1) about the difficulty of finding student flats in Auckland. OK, we get stories like this every February. But, surely, with all these properties in the Auckland isthmus being sold to 'investors', there should be a glut ... More >>

Thought for Day: Extending Obamanomics to Public Dividends

Thursday, 5 February 2015, 11:56 am | Keith Rankin

Thought for the Day: Extending Obamanomics to Public Dividends Keith Rankin, 5 February 2015 On the news yesterday I heard US President Barack Obama reject "mindless austerity" as an economic policy. Indeed Mr Obama has taken on a new lease of ... More >>

 

 

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