Entries by Will Taylor

Incentives: parenting tweet addition

This from @JustinWolfers is in the running for tweet of the year: My 5-year old just warned me that if I don't behave myself the consequence will be “No economics for a week.” I'm cleaning up my act. — Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) March 3, 2015

Graph of the day: Uber Improves Life, Economists Agree

Via our friend @robbidigi we were pointed to this article by Justin Wolfers in the NY Times, which has this fantastic graph. More generally, this graph is from the IGM Economic Experts panel, which carries out surveys like this all the time. Worth checking  out if are you interested in what economists think on topical […]

Quote of the Day: Garner on the Greens

Duncan Garner is a bit of a stirrer, but he pulled out some interesting numbers in his article yesterday arguing the Greens should move to the centre: The Greens talk poverty and social justice, but the poor aren’t listening – and they’re certainly not voting for them. Look at these telling statistics from the poorest electorates in […]

Blue Green party: background reading

Stoked to see Gareth Morgan’s post yesterday calling for a Blue-Green party. He sums it up well in this passage A Bluegreen party would emphatically express New Zealanders’ preference for clever and clean as the way we want our dollars earned, while leaving National and Labour to fight over how social justice is best promoted […]

Epsom Property Rights

I had been thinking a bit about the apparent inconsistency between David Seymour arguing against intensification in Epsom whilst simultaneously being part of the ACT party, which wants to repeal the RMA is generally against regulations.  I first read about it in Russell Brown’s post The Ides of Epsom. Apparently, Seymour reconciles these things through […]

Crowd funding, Trade Me and Network Externalities

Very exciting news last week that New Zealand’s first two equity crowd funding platforms have been licensed. See PledgeMe’s (henceforth PM) blog announcement here and Snowball Effect’s (henceforth SE) FB announcement here and the FMA’s announcement here. Exactly what role crowd funded equity will play in NZ is going to be very interesting to watch: […]