Flashback Saturday: The strange side effects of parking subsidies

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Peter was originally published in May 2016. Parking policies are frequently bizarre. Parking is, after all, a private good – it is both rivalrous (two cars can’t park in the same space at the same time) and excludable (if you don’t want someone parking in your space, you can keep them out).…
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The causes and economic consequences of rising regional housing prices (part 3)

This is a post from Peter Nunns. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.  In the first two posts in this series I introduced the postgraduate research project I’ve been working on, which looks at the causes and economic consequences of rising regional housing prices in New Zealand, and outlined the role of scarcity in driving house prices up, especially in Auckland.…
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Is Auckland Council going to ruin the Drury growth area?

The largest of the three new greenfield growth areas on the edge of Auckland is to the south and most of that will occur around Drury – both to the east and the west of the Southern Motorway. This has long been signalled in key planning documents, right back to the 2012 Auckland Plan. We have long argued that planning documents have recently placed too much emphasis on greenfield growth, especially given data in more recent times that clearly shows the public want to live in areas close to employment and rapid transit.…
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2019 – The year ahead

With 2019 now underway, and following my wrap up of 2018 last week, I thought it would be good to look at some of the things we can expect from the year ahead. In no particular order. City Rail Link At the end of April the builder of the tunnels and stations is expected to be announced.…
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