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Rubbish statistics

I caught this rubbish floating around last week - new figures purporting to represent the amount of littering that goes on in New Zealand.Here's the infographic that Keep New Zealand Beautiful put up to go with their report. The numbers didn't make any damned sense on the face of it.  Headlines talked about there being ten billion littered cigarette butts around the country. But anyone with a passing familiarity with any of the relevant numbers should have been sceptical. To a first...

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Burton on Stats

Tony Burton's back on deck with another column over at The Spinoff, this time on the problems at StatsNZ. You'll probably enjoy reading the whole thing. Here's an extended snip In itself the review is great. The public service response, not so much. Government statistician and Stats NZ chief executive Liz MacPherson has stepped down, but she was merely unlucky enough to be the boss when the most public of many, many Stats NZ initiatives was mishandled. In my view she has sacrificed herself...

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Around the traps

Blogging has been light as other commitments have pressed, but you may have caught me around the traps:I pointed to Stats NZ's disaggregated CPI figures in this piece by Susan Edmunds over at Stuff.  "Statistics New Zealand recently began releasing cost-of-living statistics for different groups to take account of differences in spending patterns. Since they started doing that, they have found that increases in the cost of living have been most sharply felt by the poorest because tobacco...

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Stats and IDI funding

Stats don't come for free. Who should pay?  Newsroom covers budget problems over at Statistics NZ. An appendix document to Shaw’s February briefing raises the prospect that, without extra money, some Government priorities – surveys on social statistics, child poverty, and the household labour force survey – might have to stop.Stats NZ, which employs more than 900 people, seems keen to cut surveys rather than staff. It says budget constraints “would limit our ability to ensure remuneration...

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For want of a CURF

Some things are just hard to know without decent public use microdata.There's been a lot of furore about ACT's flat tax proposal, with many on the left outraged that a libertarian party would support lower taxes.Many have also pointed out that a 17.5% flat tax would represent a tax hike - not just for those currently on the 10.5% lowest tax rate, but also for those who are at a low enough point in the 30% tax band that the inframarginal increase in taxes on the first $14,000 of earnings...

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Continued census whoas

Stats has started providing some detail on the missing response figures in the last Census.Motu has followed Brian Easton's earlier call to bring forward the next Census to 2021, returning us to the timings we were on prior to the Christchurch earthquakes.A correspondent raises a few further questions, which I hope are answered in the full report on the 2018 Census:There are substantial differences between responses with a missing question or two, and responses where the respondent has only...

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Census Whoas

If Stats NZ does not produce detail for Parliament on non-response rates in the last Census, its Chief Exec may be up on Contempt of Parliament.  Here's Stuff: Government Statistician Liz MacPherson is facing contempt of Parliament after being ordered by MPs to produce census information.In an unusual move, a select committee has placed a standing order on Statistics NZ chief executive to produce the number of partial responses were received in Census 2018.MacPherson was first asked by to...

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In Medio Stat Virtus

It looks like Statistics NZ no longer produces the median hourly wage figure I used to use to run comparisons between median wages and the minimum wage.I've kept a running brief on minimum wage hikes here for years, watching the NZ minimum wage rise relative to the median.So when I had a media query about the minimum wage hike coming next week, I went looking again for the median wage series. I used to draw those out of the June NZ Income Survey releases. But that survey was discontinued.And...

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More census woes

Continued census problems hit the Dom's front page today, and the other papers too, as we hit the one-year anniversary of the start of the 2018 census.  Bryce Edwards has the roundup of all of them at the Herald A number of newspaper stories have been published today about the anniversary of the 2018 census debacle. The most important is Thomas Manch's 365 days and still counting: Census 2018 results nowhere to be seen. In this, he explains that "The 2018 census data release has been...

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Household wealth and housing wealth: first quintile oddities edition

In my column over at Newsroom this week, I noted one strange feature of New Zealand's household wealth statistics: Unfortunately, data on wealth is far worse than data on income – the Government gathers a lot less data on wealth. For example, Statistics New Zealand reports that people in the least wealthy 20 percent have $1.75 in property debt for every $1 in property assets – but no bank in the country would extend a loan on that basis. It is more likely that the survey data misses some...

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