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 […]
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Matt Nolan is a teaching assistant at Victoria University of Wellington and policy analyst. Views expressed here are my own and are unrelated to my organisations.
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Last time I discussed how the cash rate influenced the interest rate. But what happens when the cash rate goes negative? This is the focus of today’s post. After recent discussions about “negative interest rates” across Australasia I thought it would be useful to talk about how these rates appear mechanically at a high level […]
As noted on blackboard we will need to decide if we continue with these lectures, or move to prerecorded lectures and no in person component . As a result I have popped a vote for this below – we will move to the type of lecture the majority of the class wants.
Hi ECON141 students. Unlike ECON130 there isn’t weekly material on this site, with lecture notes being provided instead. However, I will add the occasional piece to help give what we are doing some context – so that it can be used to understand what is currently happening. In that vein, today we are going to […]
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 […]
This week was a topic that a lot of students take the course for – finance. Finance seems like an exciting topic, with a lot of the economic metrics we see flashed around day to day related to financial markets rather than the abstract markets we’ve been talking about so far. However, what do we […]