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Morning roundup

 Ok. It's down to one Chrome sheet. The worthies!Wokeness as Saddam statues. Great story on how Saddam Hussein might not have even wanted all those statues of him, but lower-level officials would ramp themselves up in demonstrating allegiance. The mechanism does go back a distance; Mark Twain described a similar one back in Connecticut Yankee.Months ago, we'd called for just giving residence to everyone who's been here since the March 2020 lockdown. The government's alternative misses a few...

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Morning roundup

There are 5 different Chrome windows, each chocka. I can't do every bit justice. So, a roundup while I try closing maybe 2 of them.Superb news. Finally. The government is starting to be a bit more flexible about safe alternatives to MIQ. I like how Australia still thinks big. Here's Stephen Kirchner making the case for a large increase in immigration.There's a claim that carbon farming, via forest sequestration, starts being costly after a century. I'm still not convinced. If carbon prices...

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The cost of xenophobia

Radio New Zealand has been tallying the numbers on health workers stuck in our immigration system. New Zealand relies heavily on foreign medical specialists.Expressions of interest from skilled migrants for residence visas have been paused since March last year.Hundreds of doctors and nurses are among those waiting for news.The association said the current approach created frustration and angst. It raised concerns about the residence delays in June, writing to the Immigration Minister Kris...

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Afternoon roundup

The afternoon's closing of the browser tabs:Tons of port workers have been avoiding getting vaccinated. In principle this should have been simple: have public health nurses drive out to the sites and administer it. But it's not been compulsory, antivax stuff has been influential among those workers, and they're probably (and rightly) pissed off with the regular nasal swab test requirements that could have been replaced by saliva testing over seven months ago - which would feed into a strong...

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Economists on immigration

What would help boost wages in Australia? An Australian panel of economists evaluated some options. Boosting productivity growth and business investment are supported. The rest of the options are not. And less than 10% of surveyed economists support cutting immigration as a way to increase wages. Michael Keane of The University of NSW said the idea that population growth and increased labour supply were constraining wage growth was “so naive as to not really be worthy of comment”.Consultant...

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Give them residence

Apologise, then make it right.Oliver Hartwich makes the case for granting residence to those non-residents who have been in New Zealand through last March's lockdown and who have stuck with us since then. A few days ago, the Otaki Medical Centre posted about one of their doctors on Facebook: “We’re disappointed to have lost Dr Richards back to the UK after being unable to secure him and his family residency due to a Government freeze in place with COVID-19,” the GP practice wrote.“Here is an...

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Treating migrants badly

When we moved to New Zealand in 2003, the contrast between the US Immigration system and New Zealand's was stark. They were near opposite, really. The US system seemed designed to discourage entry. New Zealand's was far better. I had received the job offer from Canterbury by March 2003. I accepted and put in for a skilled migrant visa. There was no need for an immigration lawyer because everything was simple. The only complication happened when the Canadians took forever to run my police...

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How much does climate change actually affect GDP? Part I: An illogical question.

How much does climate change* actually affect GDP? How much will currently-envisioned climate policies reduce that damage, and thereby raise GDP? As we prepare to spend trillions and trillions of dollars on climate change, this certainly seems like the important question that economists should have good answers for. I'm looking in to what anyone actually knows about these questions. The answer is surprisingly little, and it seems a ripe area for research. This post begins a series.  I...

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Morning roundup

The morning's closing of the browser tabs:Customs is now seizing 125,000 cigarettes and 155kg loose tobacco per month. Why? "We have the most expensive cigarettes in the world for legal purchase."Wastewater testing says highest meth consumption, per capita, is in Kaitaia, Ōpōtiki, Wairoa, Kawerau, Tokoroa and Huntly. Lowest levels were in Kerikeri, Dunedin - Tahuna, Queenstown, Wellington - Karori, and Greymouth. Robert MacCulloch on the mediocrity-bias in the public service. Robert...

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Afternoon roundup

A very long overdue closing of the browser tabs brings these worthies:There's now a big solar plant running in South Taranaki. Remember: this is the ETS and the electricity market working. The electricity market doesn't care about the source of the power; it pays the going rate. The ETS increases the cost of thermal and especially increases the cost of coal. This plant's from Todd Energy. If I'm reading this right, we could have a free trade agreement with India if we had more liberal...

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