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Education Lessons From Abroad

Monday, 23 May 2011, 11:23 am | New Zealand Business Roundtable

On a visit to the United States last week I was interested to learn about the education reform battles going on in a number of states. More >>

Budget Measures Do Not Match Government’s Ambitions

Thursday, 19 May 2011, 4:20 pm | New Zealand Business Roundtable

“The government has taken some commendable decisions in the budget but they do not amount to a coherent plan for economic growth and for removing serious foreseeable risks”, Roger Kerr, executive director of the New Zealand Business Roundtable, ... More >>

Perspectives No 455: Legitimate Question

Wednesday, 18 May 2011, 1:33 pm | New Zealand Business Roundtable

Yoshiko found she was pregnant and talked to her live-in lover about what they should do. His attitude was not exactly out of the PC book of ‘The Right Things To Say When Your Girlfriend Says She Is Pregnant’. He said he was prepared to marry her ... More >>

Little Respite on Tax Freedom Day

Monday, 2 May 2011, 12:00 pm | New Zealand Business Roundtable

“Tax Freedom Day this year is 3 May, as far as the central government tax burden is concerned”, Roger Kerr, executive director of the New Zealand Business Roundtable, said today. More >>

Perspectives No 448: Inequality

Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 2:24 pm | New Zealand Business Roundtable

I can’t think of any single act of government that creates more inequality than the lottery—at least per dollar raised and spent. Think about it. Thousands of (mostly below-average income) people buy tickets and, after the drawing, one of them ... More >>

New Bill Best Hope for Regulatory Discipline

Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 11:50 am | New Zealand Business Roundtable

Any doubts about the case for legislation to bring greater discipline to regulatory policy making in New Zealand should have been removed with the release of a recent Cabinet paper. More >>

Is ‘Tax the Rich’ Good Policy?

Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 10:28 am | New Zealand Business Roundtable

The Labour Party plans to increase the top personal tax rate on higher income earners if it wins office at the November election. More >>

Hickey Analysis On Tax Changes Wide Of The Mark

Friday, 15 April 2011, 11:47 am | New Zealand Business Roundtable

In last weekend’s Herald on Sunday Bernard Hickey wrote that the tax changes announced in the May 2010 budget had failed. More >>

Productivity Growth Still New Zealand's Big Challenge

Friday, 8 April 2011, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Business Roundtable

In its two reports to date the 2025 Taskforce has provided estimates of the income gap between New Zealand and Australia. More >>

Where Are The Jobs For Those On Benefits?

Friday, 25 March 2011, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Business Roundtable

When the Welfare Working Group’s report came out last month advocating more work-focused welfare arrangements, some critics asked, “Where are the jobs for beneficiaries to go to?" More >>

No. 439 March 2011 - PPPs: Do They Work?

Wednesday, 23 March 2011, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Business Roundtable

A notable feature of the international landscape over the last two decades has been the increase in the use of public-private partnerships (PPPs). These PPPs typically involve the government using the private sector to build and, in some cases operate ... More >>

New Zealand is in a dangerous debt spiral

Wednesday, 23 March 2011, 3:03 pm | New Zealand Business Roundtable

The earthquake that struck Christchurch two weeks ago was not only a national catastrophe for New Zealand. It is also becoming clear how devastating it is to the Kiwi economy. The New Zealand Treasury estimates an impact of 1.5 per cent of GDP, or $NZ15 billion, ... More >>

NZ Scores Well in International Property Rights Index

Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 5:25 pm | New Zealand Business Roundtable

The New Zealand Business Roundtable today announced the release of the 2011 International Property Rights Index (IRPI), which measures the intellectual and physical property rights of 129 nations from around the world. This year, sixty-seven international ... More >>

Introduction of Regulatory Standards Bill a Big Step Forward

Tuesday, 15 March 2011, 7:01 pm | New Zealand Business Roundtable

“The introduction into parliament of the Regulatory Standards Bill is a landmark development in the quest for better regulation in New Zealand”, Business Roundtable chairman Roger Partridge said today. More >>

Public Policy Implications Of The Christchurch Quake

Friday, 11 March 2011, 11:26 am | New Zealand Business Roundtable

The tragic events in Christchurch will have implications for the government and councils in the region for years to come. Public policies could help or hinder the recovery process. More >>

Privatisation Myths Need To Be Busted - Roger Kerr

Monday, 7 March 2011, 11:34 am | New Zealand Business Roundtable

There are an extraordinary number of myths about privatisation, more than can be busted in a single article. Some are perpetuated by supporters of the policy, not just opponents. More >>

The Real Meaning of Welfare

Friday, 25 February 2011, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Business Roundtable

As with September’s earthquake and the Pike River disaster, the devastating effects of this week’s catastrophe are tempered by only one thing: the compassion, generosity and big-heartedness New Zealanders show to their fellow human beings when tragedy ... More >>

Nonsense About Inequality From The Ivory Tower

Friday, 11 February 2011, 11:08 am | New Zealand Business Roundtable

It’s amazing the rubbish some academics can write. I said in a recent article that, other things being equal, I prefer less income inequality to more but that I am more concerned about poverty and hardship – a standard position among economists and ... More >>

Profit is Not a Dirty Word When it Generates Economic Growth

Friday, 11 February 2011, 10:34 am | New Zealand Business Roundtable

Most of us can remember that Sky Hooks classic Ego is not a Dirty Word with its strong beat and annoying tune. If that song were to be released in 2010, I would change just one word: profit should replace ego. This year was the year politicians on both ... More >>

Poverty Not Inequality Should Be Our Main Concern

Monday, 31 January 2011, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Business Roundtable

Other things being equal, I prefer less inequality in incomes and wealth rather than more. But I worry much more about poverty and hardship – in New Zealand and in poor countries. It’s easy to explain why. Imagine if all incomes in New Zealand ... More >>