I kindly received an email via the Green party yesterday pointing me to the costings on their website. I see that the costings (here) were looked at by two independent economic consultancies – BERL and Infometrics (which is my workplace).
I haven’t been involved with any of it, or talked to any of the people involved. So I’m going to give my views. This is independent of any affiliations I have of course – on this blog I prefer to call a spade a spade rather than worry too much about what other economists think of me
One thing I will point out, after reading the Infometrics report for the first time, is that they don’t say the things in the Green’s summary – but if you do a costing for a party, that is the way they will sell it. The BERL tables on the other hand do imply what the Greens take from them – and that is very disappointing as they are misleading.
Still I’m getting ahead of myself. Remember what this blog is like – it isn’t that policies are “bad” or “good”, those statements largely require value judgments. Instead, there are trade-offs, and also for certain policy aims different policies may be a more direct way of getting to those aims. Those are the types of constructs we’ll work over when looking at all party policies, and as a result the tone will sound critical irrespective of whether I like the policy or not – as almost all policies do have losers, which politicians understandably don’t want to talk about.
Something else I’ll note – if any other party does something like this, could someone send it to me. I am very busy at this moment and struggle to keep up with political news on top of the types of things I am focusing on for work