Entries by Matt Nolan

The week in numbers

An increase in the OCR to 8.25%, on the back of increases in food and oil prices The year end merchandise trade balance worsened to -$6,230m The exchange rate broke through $0.81US this week, just to fall back to $0.78US now. As most analysts expected, the RBNZ lifted interest rates. They also said they were […]

The Economist writes well

On the economist blog they decide to talk about carbon emissions. Everything they said was simple 1st year economics, I completely agree with them. But they say it so well, and in so few words. Now they might make the odd mistake (such as inverting the exchange rate and saying we are 72% over-valued against […]

Broadband penetration

Found this little gem on Marginal Revolution.  It says that the OECD methodology for measuring Broadband penetration is flawed, as it measures per capita instead of per household rates (so countries with larger households are penalized, since people living in the same house can just share a connection).  Now the OECD methodology for pretty much […]