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Reflecting on the Northland Byelection

Monday, 30 March 2015, 8:58 am | Keith Rankin

National's vulnerability in Northland should have taken nobody by surprise. Winston Peters is a very natural fit in his tūrangawaeawe. National, on 49% in Northland at the general election did not even have a majority of party votes. Patrick Gower ... More >>

Reflecting on the Northland Byelection

Monday, 30 March 2015, 8:57 am | Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin, 30 March 2015 National's vulnerability in Northland should have taken nobody by surprise. Winston Peters is a very natural fit in his tūrangawaeawe. National, on 49% in Northland at the general election did not even have a majority of party ... More >>

Thought for this Day: Empty Houses as Second Residences

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:18 pm | Keith Rankin

On 23 March I wrote in Scoop about Graham Adams' article in North and South (April 2015), which attributed Auckland's housing crisis to easy credit. In the same edition of that magazine is an article ("Running on Empty") by Joanna Wane that features ... More >>

Is Easy Credit the Problem? | Keith Rankin

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 10:00 am | Keith Rankin

In the weekend I read Graham Adams' article in North and South (April 2015) "The Madness of the Auckland Housing Market". Adams is right to argue strongly that the issue is much more about finance than it is about land supply. But he goes far too ... More >>

Thought for this Day: Interpreting Economic Growth

Monday, 23 March 2015, 8:51 am | Keith Rankin

On Saturday I published a Daily Blog Economic Outlook: Growth or Slowth?. It was essentially about putting the latest economic growth figures (3.3 percent annual growth) in context. It's probably the peak of a cycle, with the long term trend now ... More >>

Keith Rankin : Sugarnomics

Thursday, 12 March 2015, 12:32 pm | Keith Rankin

I watched TVNZ's Sunday item (8 March) about Rob Beaglehole's campaign to tax sugar drinks ( One man's mission to get rid of our sweet tooth ). More >>

'Competitiveness' is not an Economic Concept | Keith Rankin

Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 10:56 am | Keith Rankin

On Q+A on Sunday, Kim Campbell (CEO of the Employers and Manufacturers Association) expressed the 'popular' productionist view of economics to a tee ( http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/kim-campbell-supports-labour-s-campaign-cut-back-acc-levies-video-6249884 ). More >>

Northland, Vernon Cracknell, Social Credit : Keith Rankin

Monday, 9 March 2015, 9:36 am | Keith Rankin

Watching the weekend coverage of the coming Northland by-election, I was hoping to see some mention of the 1966 precedent, when Northland (under the name of Hobson) was centre of attention in a general election. More >>

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 >>

 

 

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