Entries by Matt Nolan

Economics is not consequentialist

A lot of people won’t care about this post – and the ones that do will care a bit too much.  So I will keep this relatively short.  But just believe me that this post is the first in a series of three that will eventually get to the point 😉

Automation of an economist

While undertaking some research on income inequality I could no longer help Infometrics Ltd out with forecasting.  But before I left I caught economist Mieke Welvaert working on blueprints for my replacement. Although I’ve defended these robots in the past (here and here) it has always been with respect to being compensated for my human […]

The Indicators Aotearoa public consultation

Statistics New Zealand is asking for public consultation on Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand, a consultation motivated here. Now given my own writing on the usefulness of GDP and my concern about injustice rhetoric being used for consumption instead of facing issues that matter I would be expected to have an opinion. Sure I do, it makes […]

An example of misusing data/GDP/aggregates

What a perfect chance to rant after describing thinking about GDP this morning!  The econ news gods love to provide. Look, I didn’t really agree with the Business New Zealand piece on New Zealand not being a “low wage” economy either – although I’d like people to be a bit clearer with their definition before […]