Tag Archives: Economics

Talking about negative gearing

I have an article in the New Zealand Herald, about negative gearing.  I think it’s something our government should be working on, urgently. It’s time to start talking about negative gearing Negative gearing is the practice of investing in property, … Continue reading

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What I think about a Universal Basic Income

A friend asked me what I thought about a Universal Basic Income. Here are some notes I put together a couple of months ago, when UBIs were the topic of the day here in New Zealand. TL:DR – I’m a … Continue reading

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Submission to the Government Inquiry into Foreign Trust Disclosure

I’ve put a submission into the inquiry into foreign trust disclosure rules. You have until 5pm today if you want to put your own submission in. If you like, you’re very welcome to put a submission in supporting my submission. … Continue reading

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NB: costs are not the only factor in rents

A child died, and a coroner has argued that her death was due at least in part to living in a cold, damp home. Shamefully, her home was a state house. The rental property stock in New Zealand, including state … Continue reading

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Tweeting the budget: what people are interested in

When the Budget was released yesterday, I quickly pulled together two tables of information, one about where government was getting money from, and the other about where government was spending money. The breakdown of revenue was available directly from the … Continue reading

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Budget advisory: where government gets its money and where it spends it

For the purposes of making commenting on the 2015 Budget a little easier, here’s some information about where government gets its money from, and where it spends it. This is taken from the 2014 Budget figures. Most of government’s money … Continue reading

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The “Property Investors Pay Tax Already” canard

Capital gains tax is back under discussion, with the Governor of the Reserve Bank practically pleading with the government to do something about absurd property prices in Auckland (one, two). A capital gains tax is not the only measure that … Continue reading

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