Infometrics August newsletter
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August 2015

After a bracingly cold winter, spring is just around the corner. Spring’s warmer temperatures are needed to coax us out of our winter hibernation, so that we can enjoy the many wonderful festivals and events throughout the country in the lead in to the festive season.

This month’s newsletter takes an event theme to celebrate the launch of our user-friendly economic impact calculator, with a look at how much the Joseph Parker heavyweight bout increased economic activity in Invercargill. We also celebrate local government success by recognising LGNZ award winners and highlighting economic and business data that is publicly available in these areas.

Given extreme volatility in share markets over the past week, Gareth Kiernan’s article looking at how much “wiggle room” New Zealand fiscal and monetary policy makers have is extremely topical. For those of you scared of robots taking your jobs, perhaps it would be wise to read Nigel Pinkerton’s two cents worth on the matter. Finally, we thank Miles Dalton of Enterprise North Canterbury for taking the time to talk to Benje Patterson about the importance of understanding small towns New Zealand.

Joseph Parker worth $3,550 per second to the Invercargill City economy
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Joseph Parker’s 63 second demolition of Australian Bowie Topou a couple of weeks ago provided a significant boost to the Invercargill City economy according to estimates generated using Infometrics event impact calculator.
How to calculate the economic impact of events without paying a consultant
Infometrics has made available to clients a user friendly tool for measuring the economic impact of events such as festivals, sporting events and concerts. The Events Calculator is part of the Toolkit section of our online regional economic profiles.
Has creative destruction become more destructive?
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Pianos and horses were big business about a hundred years ago, now it’s mobile phones and artificial intelligence. Nigel Pinkerton examines the impact of automation and technology on the job market.
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