Entries by Matt Nolan

Happy Valentine’s Day: Economics and the nature of a gift

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, from Gulnara and myself. To celebrate we’ve put up a video characterising two different ways of thinking about gift giving – specifically the conflict between telling someone what gift you want and the nature of a surprise gift. People think and feel very differently about this, and fair enough we all […]

What is happening with NZ inflation

Walking down the street everyone is abuzz with the recent CPI numbers. 5.9% inflation! Someone’s failed! Economists are wrong for some reason! Freeze prices! Slash things! Destroy capitalists! Suppress workers! Random noises! I’ve heard it all. However, it made me realise something. I haven’t looked at the details of the CPI numbers for years. If […]