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Alison Brook

Alison Brook wonders if public policy makers have the patience to deleverage through a mix of cutting spending, reducing debt, transferring wealth and printing money to avoid a disastrous end to the debt supercycle
25th Oct 21, 10:00am
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Alison Brook wonders if public policy makers have the patience to deleverage through a mix of cutting spending, reducing debt, transferring wealth and printing money to avoid a disastrous end to the debt supercycle
Alison Brook wonders if persistently low interest rates may be doing more harm than good. They lead to debt accumulation, increasing asset prices, and ultimately limit the economy's ability to grow
2nd Oct 21, 9:55am
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Alison Brook wonders if persistently low interest rates may be doing more harm than good. They lead to debt accumulation, increasing asset prices, and ultimately limit the economy's ability to grow
Alison Brook says that to reverse our poor trade performance over the past 20 years, we need to set goals to build private savings, and champion the benefits of trade
1st Sep 21, 8:10am
Alison Brook says that to reverse our poor trade performance over the past 20 years, we need to set goals to build private savings, and champion the benefits of trade
With our working age population past its peak, immigration stunted, and scepticism towards adopting technology for productivity, Alison Brook suggests New Zealand will struggle to expand its economic base and living standards
7th Aug 21, 9:17am
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With our working age population past its peak, immigration stunted, and scepticism towards adopting technology for productivity, Alison Brook suggests New Zealand will struggle to expand its economic base and living standards
Alison Brook finds that rising anger at the shortage of houses and soaring housing wealth inequality will mean that public officials will have no choice but to address the housing affordability crisis that almost no homeowner wants to solve
5th Jun 21, 9:46am
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Alison Brook finds that rising anger at the shortage of houses and soaring housing wealth inequality will mean that public officials will have no choice but to address the housing affordability crisis that almost no homeowner wants to solve
Productivity improvements are hard. But research shows than the biggest gains can be had by simply “catching up” with existing best practices. A missing collective aspiration to be better, to trying harder, is holding us back
9th May 21, 6:01am
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Productivity improvements are hard. But research shows than the biggest gains can be had by simply “catching up” with existing best practices. A missing collective aspiration to be better, to trying harder, is holding us back
Alison Brook wonders if our slow rollout of vaccine protection is just extending the economic pain for the people working in our tourism and education sectors in an unnecessary way
24th Apr 21, 9:54am
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Alison Brook wonders if our slow rollout of vaccine protection is just extending the economic pain for the people working in our tourism and education sectors in an unnecessary way
Alison Brook says the time may be right (if not overdue) for the Government to consider using tax incentives to boost household savings. Decades of other ideas have failed
5th Apr 21, 8:29am
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Alison Brook says the time may be right (if not overdue) for the Government to consider using tax incentives to boost household savings. Decades of other ideas have failed
Struggling companies, artificially propped up by benign lending practices and government support, who cannot pay down the principal on their debt will drain resources from the economy, will slow the recovery and dampen our sluggish productivity growth
13th Mar 21, 9:31am
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Struggling companies, artificially propped up by benign lending practices and government support, who cannot pay down the principal on their debt will drain resources from the economy, will slow the recovery and dampen our sluggish productivity growth
Alison Brook concludes New Zealand chose the right strategy when faced with the pandemic threat. The challenges will be different however when we try to navigate the post-pandemic realities. Will we still be a winner then?
27th Feb 21, 10:11am
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Alison Brook concludes New Zealand chose the right strategy when faced with the pandemic threat. The challenges will be different however when we try to navigate the post-pandemic realities. Will we still be a winner then?
Alison Brook explores where New Zealand stands with targeting new infrastructure investment, what is shovel-ready, and how it may affect our national productivity
12th Feb 21, 9:23am
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Alison Brook explores where New Zealand stands with targeting new infrastructure investment, what is shovel-ready, and how it may affect our national productivity
The whole purpose of technological advancements is to enable goods and services to be produced and distributed more efficiently and at a lower cost. Yet these big deflationary forces are not captured in official policy models notes Alison Brook
20th Jan 21, 11:54am
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The whole purpose of technological advancements is to enable goods and services to be produced and distributed more efficiently and at a lower cost. Yet these big deflationary forces are not captured in official policy models notes Alison Brook
Massey's Alison Brook says the unsustainable imbalances of debt, saving and investment will inevitably worsen inequality, and then require increasingly radical solutions if they are left to fester for much longer
26th Nov 20, 11:12am
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Massey's Alison Brook says the unsustainable imbalances of debt, saving and investment will inevitably worsen inequality, and then require increasingly radical solutions if they are left to fester for much longer
Massey's Alison Brook investigates the current fad to decouple from globalisation. Are we about to jump from efficient but painful global settings into inefficient and even more painful policies?
11th Nov 20, 10:17am
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Massey's Alison Brook investigates the current fad to decouple from globalisation. Are we about to jump from efficient but painful global settings into inefficient and even more painful policies?
Massey's Alison Brook explains why a K-shaped recovery is what we are heading for and the four factors that make it the most likely outcome
22nd Oct 20, 7:40am
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Massey's Alison Brook explains why a K-shaped recovery is what we are heading for and the four factors that make it the most likely outcome
Alison Brook finds that there are now more underemployed people in our workforce than those jobless, and that underemployment will continue to climb and may never return to pre-pandemic levels. The implications are large and negative
3rd Oct 20, 9:52am
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Alison Brook finds that there are now more underemployed people in our workforce than those jobless, and that underemployment will continue to climb and may never return to pre-pandemic levels. The implications are large and negative
Alison Brook says while Covid-19 is unlikely to signal the end of the office, if working from home can improve productivity then this could be a rare positive arising from the crisis
16th Sep 20, 12:57pm
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Alison Brook says while Covid-19 is unlikely to signal the end of the office, if working from home can improve productivity then this could be a rare positive arising from the crisis
Alison Brook asks if, in the context of our already high levels of household debt, we are relegating ourselves to a tepid, low-growth recovery
3rd Sep 20, 8:57am
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Alison Brook asks if, in the context of our already high levels of household debt, we are relegating ourselves to a tepid, low-growth recovery
Alison Brook finds that even though getting a job in a recession is tough, the impacts linger long after the recession fades and that active public measures are needed to counter these effects
24th Jul 20, 9:40am
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Alison Brook finds that even though getting a job in a recession is tough, the impacts linger long after the recession fades and that active public measures are needed to counter these effects
Alison Brook notes there is much being written about the long term effects of the pandemic on consumer behaviour. But will recent changes be permanent once the pandemic threat has passed?
11th Jul 20, 9:16am
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Alison Brook notes there is much being written about the long term effects of the pandemic on consumer behaviour. But will recent changes be permanent once the pandemic threat has passed?
Alison Brook says New Zealand needs to prioritise digital upskilling urgently, even if only to just keep up with the programs other countries are rolling out
18th Jun 20, 4:11pm
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Alison Brook says New Zealand needs to prioritise digital upskilling urgently, even if only to just keep up with the programs other countries are rolling out
Massey's Alison Brook looks at how we are responding to a world-scale natural disaster that is killing jobs super-fast and what the resulting long-term unemployment will will do to economic prospects
30th May 20, 10:52am
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Massey's Alison Brook looks at how we are responding to a world-scale natural disaster that is killing jobs super-fast and what the resulting long-term unemployment will will do to economic prospects
Massey's Alison Brook finds there are clear lockdown winners and lockdown losers. She looks ahead to see which industries will emerge stronger or weaker after lockdown
30th Apr 20, 9:36am
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Massey's Alison Brook finds there are clear lockdown winners and lockdown losers. She looks ahead to see which industries will emerge stronger or weaker after lockdown
Massey's Alison Brook finds that although there will be obvious major challenges in this crisis - and for some sectors existential - many of the changes that will emerge will not be negative
2nd Apr 20, 12:38pm
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Massey's Alison Brook finds that although there will be obvious major challenges in this crisis - and for some sectors existential - many of the changes that will emerge will not be negative
If employees like the remote work option forced on them, how will they tolerate the daily commute when the crisis passes? And how will companies react, Massey's Alison Brook wonders
18th Mar 20, 1:55pm
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If employees like the remote work option forced on them, how will they tolerate the daily commute when the crisis passes? And how will companies react, Massey's Alison Brook wonders