Entries by Matt Nolan

NZ GDP at record highs?

It has been a long time since I’ve closely followed New Zealand macroeconomic statistics – but I was a bit surprised seeing the headline “GDP jump of 14 per cent completes NZ’s ‘V’-shaped recovery“. Cliffs notes to this post – it was a strong result, but September likely wasn’t the strongest quarter on record, and […]

The game of mask wearing

Now that we are back to level 2 lockdown in New Zealand (apart from Auckland where it is level 3) the issue of “should we wear a mask” has cropped up. A lot of “words” have been spread across the internet on the issue, with people arguing about their effectiveness, complaining about how it hurts […]

ECON130 Week 10: Monopoly

In the first six weeks we described models of individual and firm choice, and given many individuals and many firms we were able to describe a competitive market. In doing so we found that the outcomes in a competitive market allowed gains from trade – buyers who valued the products more than the sellers were […]