Andrew Gawith builds a case for transforming New Zealand’s transport system.
Infometrics has recently been involved in estimating the economic impacts on New Zealand of participating in an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the period 2021 to 2030. We looked only at the cost of emissions mitigation to New Zealand, not at the effects (benefits) of avoided climate change. Actions by New Zealand will not affect global warming, but New Zealand may nonetheless wish to set an ambitious emissions reduction target.
A recent article by the Economist suggests that we should all work less and get a life – and the latest report by the Productivity Commission on this topic suggests that no-one needs to get a life more than New Zealanders.
“Using Infometrics data has been extremely useful for Enterprise North Canterbury in both attracting new business to the region and helping current businesses in strategic planning. The key for us is the breadth of useful data all available in one place. The ability to compare trends to the wider region, to similar areas and to all of … Read more Using Infometrics data has been extremely useful for Enterprise North Canterbury
The 2013 census showed that the proportion of those travelling to work via bus or train was 5.7%, up from 5.2% at the 2006 census. Public transport is a significantly more prominent travel option in regions with a high enough population density to support its use. This article will focus on the key aspects of public transport growth in the three key urban centres of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, and looks at where further linkages could be developed to provide better connections between work and home.
Christmas time is here and many of us will be collectingpresents for loved ones, friends and perhaps the obligatory secret Santa. Byapplying a touch of economics to the process, we can give better presents, saveeveryone a portion of their Christmas bonus, and trash the planet a little lesswith unwanted junk.
Does fraud pay? In general the answer is probably not, but the recent case of a Christchurch chap suggests that this is not always the case.
If you think that the ongoing international negotiations about how to deal with climate change are a waste of time and won’t cost you anything, think again. While not all aspects of the issue are important, some have the potential to hit us hard in the pocket. Others have the potential to deliver economic gains. This article looks at the long term (to 2050) economic implications for New Zealand of three issues: how different greenhouse gases are converted into carbon dioxide equivalents, global participation in international agreements to reduce emissions, and the inclusion of agriculture in international agreements.
Hardly a day goes by without the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) making the news – more loans for Greece, debt levels in the UK, slowing economic activity in America, inflation concerns in China and so on. This begs the question, why has the GFC continued to have to such negative economic effects?
My colleagues and I have mentioned in previous articles about the mess that is Working for Families. And now Labour proposes extending it to beneficiaries. Is this the best way to spend another dollar on the less well-off?