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Originally posted on Utopia, you are standing in it!:
I am sure there will be lots of squabbling over parameters and assumptions of any tax, spending or regulation proposal submitted to the independent costings unit proposed recently by the New Zealand Greens. https://twitter.com/taxfoundation/status/659869891403628548 The bigger problem is static and dynamic scoring. There is some history…

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Originally posted on Mostly Economics:
Sandeep Moudgal has a great piece on the topic. How certain castes/communities come to being associated with certain products and then how they keep looking at ways to revive and stay in competition. It just makes for a great reading. Iyengars that run bakery shops in Bangalore are one such…

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The Greens have joined that Morgan Foundation in playing the man rather than the ball on the recently published report of the New Zealand Initiative on sin taxes.  Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said: The New Zealand Initiative cares more about junk-food barons’ bottom lines than it cares about Kiwis who are getting sick …

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Thinking about thinking A study of any problem cannot start by gazing at a mass of unorganised data and material without pre-judgment as to what is and is not important. Every analyst must come equipped with a world-view: an interrelated set of ideas about the causal relationships governing how the world works. This selection of …

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Originally posted on iMFdirect – The IMF Blog:
By Ian Parry With global leaders set to start signing the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change tomorrow—April 22 is Earth Day—at the United Nations in New York, countries will embark on the potentially difficult and contentious issue of setting prices for greenhouse gas emissions, most importantly…

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Originally posted on croaking cassandra:
Questions about the handling of the OCR leak issue aren’t going away.  Last Saturday, I posted about some issues the Reserve Bank and MediaWorks should be asked about, flowing from a careful rereading of the relevant documents. Since then there has been a variety of articles –  especially focused on MediaWorks –…

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The principal argument against the republic is it results in a president as the head of state. In the last Republican debate in Australia in 1999, the Republican movement split between those who wanted an appointed president and an elected president. An elected president would quickly get ideas above his station because of their popular …

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Source: Quotation of the day for Earth Day on the ‘science of economics versus the religion of environmentalism’ … – AEI | Carpe Diem Blog » AEIdeas from Steven E. Landsburg’s book “The Armchair Economist: Economics and Everyday Life,” in his chapter titled “Why I Am Not an Environmentalist: The Science of Economics versus the …

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