Benje Patterson

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Benje Patterson's responsibilities at Infometrics include compiling forecasts and writing commentaries on the transport sector, tourism, fiscal policy, the external sector, and the international economy.  As part of his role overseeing the transport sector, he produces our transport monthly and manages our used car price indices.
Benje enjoys applying financial modelling techniques to forecast and understand issues pertaining to fiscal policy and other macroeconomic variables.  Benje has also written and presented on his views regarding the need to reform structural fiscal spending on the elderly and tertiary education.  He believes that current policy settings protect the interests of people who are least in need and will unnecessarily exacerbate intergenerational tensions. 

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Articles by Benje Patterson

17th Dec 14, 9:54am
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Benje Patterson's open letter to Bill English calls for tightening student loan repayment criteria to minimise the costs of 'parasitic behaviour'
Benje Patterson's open letter to Bill English calls for tightening student loan repayment criteria to minimise the costs of 'parasitic behaviour'
17th Dec 14, 9:54am
9th Sep 14, 12:20pm
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Benje Patterson wants to see the evidence of regional airfare price gouging - especially as Jetstar can't foot it with Air New Zealand in these markets
Benje Patterson wants to see the evidence of regional airfare price gouging - especially as Jetstar can't foot it with Air New Zealand in these markets
9th Sep 14, 12:20pm
1st Jul 14, 11:11am
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Let structural change in the provinces play out says Benje Patterson. This is the best way for the whole country to build flexible competitiveness he says
Let structural change in the provinces play out says Benje Patterson. This is the best way for the whole country to build flexible competitiveness he says
1st Jul 14, 11:11am
22nd Apr 14, 10:40am
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Do Easter commercial restrictions still make sense? Benje Patterson reviews the pros and cons today as opposed to when the law was originally set up
Do Easter commercial restrictions still make sense? Benje Patterson reviews the pros and cons today as opposed to when the law was originally set up
22nd Apr 14, 10:40am
13th Mar 14, 9:20am
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Benje Patterson explores Jetstar's New Zealand strategies and recent performance, and the impact it has had on Air NZ and regional access
Benje Patterson explores Jetstar's New Zealand strategies and recent performance, and the impact it has had on Air NZ and regional access
13th Mar 14, 9:20am
7th Jan 14, 9:50am
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Benje Patterson explores Air New Zealand's currency printing scheme and tries to figure out what its worth and how it makes so much for its owner
Benje Patterson explores Air New Zealand's currency printing scheme and tries to figure out what its worth and how it makes so much for its owner
7th Jan 14, 9:50am
19th Nov 13, 9:41am
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Benje Patterson says LVR restrictions are not about to hit dairy farmers; they would be unworkable and may result in distorting investment decisions
Benje Patterson says LVR restrictions are not about to hit dairy farmers; they would be unworkable and may result in distorting investment decisions
19th Nov 13, 9:41am
29th Oct 13, 10:53am
Benje Patterson explains why some people are better off each year using premium credit cards than if they had chosen to pay in cash
Benje Patterson explains why some people are better off each year using premium credit cards than if they had chosen to pay in cash
29th Oct 13, 10:53am
24th Sep 13, 11:46am
Benje Patterson shows why regional NZ needs the efficient access to markets, people, ideas, and capital that good air services provide
Benje Patterson shows why regional NZ needs the efficient access to markets, people, ideas, and capital that good air services provide
24th Sep 13, 11:46am
10th Sep 13, 10:05am
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Benje Patterson explains why our tourism operators are finding trading very tough even though more visitors are coming
Benje Patterson explains why our tourism operators are finding trading very tough even though more visitors are coming
10th Sep 13, 10:05am
16th Jul 13, 12:06pm
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Benje Patterson has a prisoners’ dilemma. He says it is not right for Govt to excessively subsidise the educated middle class when others in society are truly needy. Your view?
Benje Patterson has a prisoners’ dilemma. He says it is not right for Govt to excessively subsidise the educated middle class when others in society are truly needy. Your view?
16th Jul 13, 12:06pm
18th Jun 13, 9:11am
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Benje Patterson says the economic viability of the Tiwai Point smelter has gone and we now need to help the workforce into new roles
Benje Patterson says the economic viability of the Tiwai Point smelter has gone and we now need to help the workforce into new roles
18th Jun 13, 9:11am
7th May 13, 9:03am
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Benje Patterson finds that pasture-raised Kiwi cows are highly productive specimens living in a sweet spot
Benje Patterson finds that pasture-raised Kiwi cows are highly productive specimens living in a sweet spot
7th May 13, 9:03am
26th Mar 13, 11:21am
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Benje Patterson challenges the claim by some commentators that the NZX50 is at record highs – it’s not he says because they should be basing their interpretation on the Capital Index. Your view?
Benje Patterson challenges the claim by some commentators that the NZX50 is at record highs – it’s not he says because they should be basing their interpretation on the Capital Index. Your view?
26th Mar 13, 11:21am
12th Mar 13, 12:20pm
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Benje Patterson is very critical of the way the MRP shares are being sold; he says it is wrong for the Government to shove risks it doesn't want on to "the most naïve and ill-diversified investors in the country"
Benje Patterson is very critical of the way the MRP shares are being sold; he says it is wrong for the Government to shove risks it doesn't want on to "the most naïve and ill-diversified investors in the country"
12th Mar 13, 12:20pm

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