We’ve had a lot of basic economic questions – last week we looked at what is growth? This week Geoff looks at a question we get a lot – can we have unlimited growth? The answer might surprise you. What other topics would you like to see us tackling on Whiteboard Friday? Let us know […]
The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is probably the most talked about economic issue of the year, apart from our age-old favourite – housing. Today the TPPA will even be the focus of protest marches around the country. As many of you have pointed out, we at the Morgan Foundation have been uncharacteristically silent on […]
We have a lot of people talking about growth and that we cannot have unlimited growth in a sustainable world. Of course, nothing is a simple as it seems. So in this video Geoff goes right back to the basics and explains what “growth” is and how it is different to our idea of “progress”. […]
On Campbell Live last night we saw a shocking example of two dairy farmers flouting the rules and polluting our waterways with effluent. Thanks to the brave farm hands who dobbed in their bosses, they are rightly having the book thrown at them. Farmers take their environmental responsibility seriously, and will no doubt be upset […]
On a recent trip to Thailand Gareth noticed a large number of Australians retiring in Thailand. Gareth chats about the possible economic and lifestyle benefits.
It’s all over the news today. Headlines like “NZ economy hard hit by inequality” and “Income inequality stunts NZ growth”. Is it all true? In this video, Geoff puts some of the reports findings into perspective.
The Big Kahuna takes as its base assumption that we don’t, as a society, accept that huge differences in income are acceptable and that we, therefore, choose to redistribute wealth. While they are generally regarded as separate, the tax and welfare systems are fundamentally both methods of doing just that – redistributing income from those […]
Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would rather see the Government’s existing investment in roads moved to buses and trains. The international […]
In our last blog we looked at whether the claims of ‘rock star’ economist Thomas Piketty held any water or not. Short answer is that some did, some didn’t. In this blog we turn to what we should do about his insights. The purpose of taxes, benefits and the government provision of services is (at […]
‘Rock star economist’ or ‘inequality messiah’ French economist Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty First Century has outsold every other book on the planet this year. The book is so popular because it floats the idea that money makes money, so the wealthy will forever become better and better off than the rest. The […]