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David Law

Discussion paper

Unemployment insurance: a recipe for more unemployment?

This document considers some of the costs and benefits of introducing unemployment insurance (UI) to New Zealand. Common features of UI schemes and how they differ across countries are also examined.
Report

Rent controls: the next mistake in housing policy

This paper explains the reasons rent controls in New Zealand should be avoided, with reference to some recent empirical studies on their effects.
Report

Educational performance and funding in New Zealand: are our children getting the education they deserve?

This report takes a closer look at the evidence on New Zealand students’ educational achievement and examines whether a lack of funding may be playing a role in declining education performance.
Report

Minimum wages to the maximum: the risks of lifting the minimum wage

The report argues for a much higher minimum wage to help reduce inequality and lift productivity. This is despite the fact that the minimum wage was already increased from $17.70 to $18.90 in April of this year. In particular, the report recommends a “living wage”...
Report

Roadmap for recovery: briefing to the incoming government

New Zealand faces its worst recession in nearly a century. Unfortunately, the economic response to the challenges of Covid-19 leaves much to be desired. Most new policy initiatives proposed in the run-up to the 2020 general election range from trivial at best to economic sabotage...