Optimal heritage zoning: an empirical perspective

Back in July, I went down to Wellington for this year’s New Zealand Association of Economists conference. I really enjoy NZAE – people attend because they’re genuinely excited about sharing their ideas and learning from other people. (Stu Donovan and John Polkinghorne were also there.) I was presenting a paper on using hedonic analysis of property sales to assess and compare the costs and benefits of planning regulations.…
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The moral case for immigration

In a post several weeks back, I talked about the economic case for immigration and population growth. In it, I hypothesised that: New Zealand has a strong feedback loop between net migration and economic growth. When growth prospects get worse – as they did in the 1970 and 1980s – it dissuades people from coming here and encourages Kiwis to leave for greener pastures.…
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