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Rent week: Why we’re devoting a series to the reality of renting a NZ home in 2017

Renting in New Zealand is now the way most of us live. Unfortunately, in many ways, it sucks. Spinoff editor Duncan Greive explains why the Spinoff is dedicating a week to the issue.

Health benefits of insulation 'massive'

The benefit to cost ratio of insulating New Zealand's cold, unhealthy housing stock has been put at a startling 6 to 1 for the nation's most vulnerable. So if the evidence for insulating sick homes...

Using Data to Advance Dignity

Using Data to Advance Dignity: A new approach to measuring the Human Rights performance of countries, and how you can use it in your workThursday, March 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pmOrozco Room,...

interest.co.nz Top Ten Reads

Motu researchers on the political benefits of destruction, Bill's datatopia, why meddling governments make you happy, the productivity gap, the Fed and fiscal policy, scaling the depths of bad puns, and more...

Bridging the gap between science and policy

In an ideal world, public policy would be grounded in evidence and research, drawing upon the best available knowledge from the disciplines of science, humanities and economics. In the real world, however, policy decisions are...

Researchers are from Mars, policymakers are from Venus: How can we bridge the divide?

Rigorous researchers and risk averse decision-makers must overcome their differences and work closer together if we are to achieve better public policy outcomes, Suzi Kerr writes in the PolicyForum from the Asia and the Pacific...

Suzi Kerr Interview in Asymmetric Information

The December 2016 issue of Asymmetric Info includes a long interview with Suzi Kerr by Lew Evans. They discuss how Suzi got into economics and how Motu began. Here...The issue also features an article on...

Government broadband investment policy and the ‘broadband productivity paradox’

Bronwyn Howell discusses Arthur Grimes's ultrafast broadband productivity paper at TechPolicyDaily.com.In 1987, scholar Robert Solow famously quipped that “you can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.” Since then, considerable academic effort...

Suzi Kerr on BBC World Business Matters

Business Matters is global business news, with live guests and contributions from Asia and the USA. Roger Hearing is joined by guests on opposite sides of the Pacific - Shikha Dalmia, Columnist at The Week...

The elusive productivity conundrum

Fairfax business columnist, Pattrick Smellie, just published this opinion piece: Three recent publications have again thrown heat, if not much light, on New Zealand's apparently insoluble productivity problem. It seems that no matter what we do, our...