Entries by Matt Nolan

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 […]

ECON141: When cash rates go negative

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 […]

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 […]

ECON130 Week 9: Finance

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 […]