I had forgotten about this, but a while back CIS released a booklet with a few essays on “how to supersize NZ” (as in make the economy bigger, not supersize in the McDonalds sense). It was called Supersize New Zealand: A collection of essays on how to improve New Zealand’s public policy.
Of course I’m linking to it because I got to write one of the essays (with the editing help of some other blog authors – thanks Agnitio, Goonix, Rauparaha and CPW).
I wrote on how we shouldn’t forget productivity when looking at social welfare policies – as at the time we had a Labour government in that was determined there was no trade-off between efficiency and equity and therefore determined that we should focus on equity.
However, by the time it was release we had a National government who believe there is no trade-off between equity and efficiency and so we should focus on efficiency. They do this under the catch-cry of productivity, which lead me to write things like this.
There is no contridiction. Ultimately, I just want politicians to face the trade-offs associated with policies and wrote articles that, at the time, illustrated the costs they were missing.