Podcast by The New Zealand Initiative
Quick take: Don’t raise the minimum wage
In this Quick Take episode, David Law responds to a joint paper released by Helen Clark Foundation and the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research about the minimum wage.
David reveals why raising the rate makes little economic sense at the best of times, and terrible sense during a recession.
Quick take: How Italy’s debt crisis will shake the EU system
In this Quick Take podcast, Oliver Hartwich explains why Italy’s dire debt situation threatens the integrity of the European Union and why no one in the bloc wants to think about forgiving the country’s enormous loans anytime soon.
Freely Speaking #5: What went wrong with our education system?
In this episode of the New Zealand Initiative podcast operations director Chelsy Killick and executive director Oliver Hartwich share their experiences with researching the problems with Kiwi education. Both have been with the Initiative for its entire eight year existence, and during that time, have chronicled the deterioration of education since they were at school in New Zealand and in Germany.
Quick take: What Australia/New Zealand politicians get wrong about housing
In this Quick Take podcast, Oliver Hartwich unpacks his op-ed for the Australian Financial Review in which he argued that politicians on both sides of the Tasman aren’t thinking clearly about their respective housing crises.
Quick take: Matt Burgess on the climate change emergency
The Government will declare a climate change emergency. But what does this mean? And why now? In our latest Quick Take podcast, Matt Burgess offers some ideas about what might really be going on.
Freely Speaking #4: Why is NZ’s housing market so messed up?
In this episode of the Initiative’s Freely Speaking podcast, Matt Burgess, Eric Crampton and Oliver Hartwich trade hypotheses on why the New Zealand housing market is so broken with a few comparisons in Europe and how a change of incentives for local councils might be a big part of the solution.