When I was a student a lecturer said to us “When analysing trade, does it make sense for us to assume everyone is the same? If everyone was the same why would they trade with each other?“. This is simultaneous a bit of a silly question and a useful one. He answered that they wouldn’t, […]
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About Matt Nolan
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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I see that Bloomberg is stating that Economists are changing their minds about unions – moving from seeing them negatively to seeing them positively. Unions are an interesting topic, but are also inseparable from a discussion about the relative welfare state and competition policy embedded in a nation. Nordic and German trade unions are quite […]
Let us talk about this. https://twitter.com/Noahpinion/status/1041714463060049920 I will be using this model myself next week to talk about migration (opps post timing changed and that was already up), so lets have some fun talking about this.
The link between migration and wages is complex and confusing – especially when it is often communicated about in different ways (eg are we talking about wage growth now with regards to monetary policy, wages in specific industries due to the changing make-up of the economy, or long-run real wages?). And I can’t be much […]
While rolling around the internet I found the following: Lets have a look shall we. Interesting! But something seems a bit off – surely this can’t be true!? Let us investigate.
I can see where this article is coming from. Inequality in educational attainment can translate into inequality in incomes. If people from poor households have lower educational attainment then we have a generational link between low incomes, which implies lower income mobility. This is something that we may find unjust. Why do I say “may”, […]