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Afternoon roundup

An overdue closing of the browser tabs brings these worthies:Justin Giovannetti on New Zealand diplomacy and China.The New Zealand Principals Federation suggests merging the teacher colleges into the universities might have something to do with declining teacher competence. I was on faculty at Canterbury when the College of Education merged in in 2006. It never made much sense to me on academic grounds. Teacher training was vocational training. Experts in vocational training, of the kind...

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Afternoon roundup

The afternoon's worthies:Rowan Simpson on venture capital in NZ. In a world awash in capital, is it even plausible that capital is the main constraint preventing successful NZ startups?Fiji goes into lockdown. When I advocate for Green Zones with the Covid-free Islands, I'll often get correspondence from folks wishing that Fiji be included in such considerations. On the other side, I hear a lot of worries about porous borders for those with private jets. How well the Fijian government gets...

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Morning roundup

The morning's worthies, from the accumulated browser tabs:A Manhattan Institute roundup, from last January, on the problems with rent control. What would be a fair price on iPredict for a contract paying $1 if Labour brings in rent controls. $0.60? Higher? Otago's tallying of the border system failures as at 30 March. Add to it this week's case of a border worker who caught it, and had somehow managed to miss vaccination appointments due to personal reasons. Minister Hipkins could issue a...

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Afternoon roundup

The browser tabs, there are so many.I'm quoted in the Dom on the 1 April minimum wage increases. I hadn't gone through MBIE's advice before. MBIE's review has a decent summary of the literature, provides the necessary warnings about substantial real minimum wage increases in the current environment. Alas. The analyst would had to have known that the advice would be ignored, but be darned if the advice wasn't going to be provided anyway.If iPredict still existed, what would be the fair price...

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Afternoon roundup

 The afternoon's closing of the browser tabs brings the following worthies:Superb news! The police have taken an operational decision not to waste resource sending helicopters out looking for cannabis plants. Or at least National Headquarters isn't going to resource it any longer. Lots of things are illegal; police (rightly) have limited budgets and so have to make decisions about where to focus their efforts. Flying around in helicopters on gardening operations makes far less sense than...

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JEEM

Getting to Browser Tab Zero so I can reboot the computer is awfully hard when the one open tab is a Table of Contents for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and every issue has more stuff I want to read.A few highlights:Gugler et al demonstrating the effectiveness of British carbon pricing over German regulatory interventions in the electricity market. Carbon prices were far more effective in getting to a cleaner power grid. Steven Smith on prior appropriation versus...

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Afternoon Roundup

Egads the browser tabs. Enough! I haven't shut down the computer in a week in hopes of giving each of these its proper due; time to give up and move on. The worthies that each deserved a proper post:Ending the pandemic is worth between 5-15% of total wealth. For one potential sense of the gains in NZ's having ended the pandemic, here. Trump likes to hate on immigrants. Unfortunately, there's a lot of it in NZ as well, except the ideological positioning of it flips. In the US, everyone...

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Afternoon roundup

The tabs... there are so many of them.A few notes on the closing of the tabs.Tyler Cowen is excellent on herd immunity. Those who urge us not to worry about the virus used to claim that herd immunity would kick in and the virus would burn itself out. Now they tell us not to worry because the death rate has dropped. But herd immunity was supposed to stop case numbers from rising. And even places with lotsa Covid aren't there yet - other than perhaps at San Quenton. Sam Bowman has a neoliberal...

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Afternoon roundup

A much belated closing of the browser tabs brings some worthies:Kiwibuild never made sense. If it were needed, it couldn't work because the same things that block private development would block Kiwibuild. And if it could work, it wasn't needed. The government tried anyway, sticking bloodymindedly to a stupid election promise dreamed up on the back of a napkin in a taxi as the legend has it. And it continues to be a disaster. I hate to say I told you so, but ... Kiwiblog links to Adam...

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Evening roundup

The evening closing of the browser tabs brings the following worthies:Farah Hancock at Newsroom continues to push the government for more detail on the Covid cases. This stuff is important. More voluntary initiatives to get PPE to the front lines: 3D-printed face shields. Tyler Cowen lays out just what a mess American universities are looking at for the coming year, predicting a fair few families will opt for a gap year. If we could get quarantine sorted out, NZ could put on a credible...

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