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Brian Easton

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Economist Brian Easton says while the new fiscal rules may not be contentious, what they mean for macroeconomic management is not explained
16th May 22, 8:44am
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Economist Brian Easton says while the new fiscal rules may not be contentious, what they mean for macroeconomic management is not explained
Economist Brian Easton says population growth has some effect on economic growth, but it is complicated especially where infrastructure is involved. We need to think more about it
9th May 22, 8:25am
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Economist Brian Easton says population growth has some effect on economic growth, but it is complicated especially where infrastructure is involved. We need to think more about it
Economist Brian Easton says reductions in effective productivity, largely as a result of events overseas, require reductions in real incomes. Ignore that and you cannot defeat inflation
2nd May 22, 7:15am
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Economist Brian Easton says reductions in effective productivity, largely as a result of events overseas, require reductions in real incomes. Ignore that and you cannot defeat inflation
We do not go to war for free; we need to factor its economic costs and its consequences into public discussions says Brian Easton
26th Apr 22, 10:31am
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We do not go to war for free; we need to factor its economic costs and its consequences into public discussions says Brian Easton
Simon Bridges’ memoir, ‘National Identity: Confessions of an Outsider’, illustrates that humans are more complicated than the categories we put them into. Brian Easton's review
18th Apr 22, 12:00pm
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Simon Bridges’ memoir, ‘National Identity: Confessions of an Outsider’, illustrates that humans are more complicated than the categories we put them into. Brian Easton's review
Economist Brian Easton says history books and policy changes such as for Three Waters and the media merger warn us ignoring economics is dangerous
11th Apr 22, 8:44am
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Economist Brian Easton says history books and policy changes such as for Three Waters and the media merger warn us ignoring economics is dangerous
Economist Brian Easton says Putin may have done irreparable damage to Russia’s place in the world
4th Apr 22, 9:36am
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Economist Brian Easton says Putin may have done irreparable damage to Russia’s place in the world
Economist Brian Easton says the claims that our current inflation is due to government spending are nonsensical
28th Mar 22, 8:30am
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Economist Brian Easton says the claims that our current inflation is due to government spending are nonsensical
One side says we should cut taxes but does not mention the implications for public spending; the other says we should increase public spending, but does not mention the implication for taxes, economist Brian Easton says
21st Mar 22, 8:33am
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One side says we should cut taxes but does not mention the implications for public spending; the other says we should increase public spending, but does not mention the implication for taxes, economist Brian Easton says
Economist Brian Easton asks: What do economic events since the Russian invasion of Ukraine tell us about globalisation?
14th Mar 22, 8:10am
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Economist Brian Easton asks: What do economic events since the Russian invasion of Ukraine tell us about globalisation?
Economist Brian Easton says economists can justly reply that at least they know the difference between value and price. It matters a lot for those involved in the housing and investment markets
7th Mar 22, 9:02am
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Economist Brian Easton says economists can justly reply that at least they know the difference between value and price. It matters a lot for those involved in the housing and investment markets
Economist Brian Easton says a projection suggests that in 2050 New Zealand will be a very different place
14th Feb 22, 8:33am
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Economist Brian Easton says a projection suggests that in 2050 New Zealand will be a very different place
Brian Easton says you are entitled to wonder how we can pursue 'trust' in government and 'cohesion' in society without considering inequality. He is looking to the Budget Policy Statement for some progress, particularly on child poverty
7th Feb 22, 9:16am
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Brian Easton says you are entitled to wonder how we can pursue 'trust' in government and 'cohesion' in society without considering inequality. He is looking to the Budget Policy Statement for some progress, particularly on child poverty
Brian Easton notes that journalists' misunderstandings about what makes a useful economic forecast results in entertaining commentary, and ignores the few forecasts that have been done rigorously
31st Jan 22, 9:15am
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Brian Easton notes that journalists' misunderstandings about what makes a useful economic forecast results in entertaining commentary, and ignores the few forecasts that have been done rigorously
New Zealand is the happiest place in the world outside northern Europe, three places higher than Australia, five higher than the US. But we are less happy than three years ago. Brian Easton reviews the data to find why we are this happy
26th Jan 22, 10:00am
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New Zealand is the happiest place in the world outside northern Europe, three places higher than Australia, five higher than the US. But we are less happy than three years ago. Brian Easton reviews the data to find why we are this happy
Economist Brian Easton reviews the Chinese property development sector woes, sees accounting reports masking real issues, and compares them to what happened in the GFC and our own similar collapses
18th Jan 22, 9:45am
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Economist Brian Easton reviews the Chinese property development sector woes, sees accounting reports masking real issues, and compares them to what happened in the GFC and our own similar collapses
Economist Brian Easton recommends Michael Lewis' take on the public-private interface problems of the US health system, which dismisses Trump as a 'co-morbidity' in the face of Covid
10th Jan 22, 11:58am
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Economist Brian Easton recommends Michael Lewis' take on the public-private interface problems of the US health system, which dismisses Trump as a 'co-morbidity' in the face of Covid
Brian Easton says we are reminded by a turbulent year, and Ayesha Verrall, of the importance of an effective health system
24th Dec 21, 12:56pm
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Brian Easton says we are reminded by a turbulent year, and Ayesha Verrall, of the importance of an effective health system
Treasury has announced it's having a major review of its macroeconomic policy framework. Brian Easton sees 'old framework' approaches hampering that review
20th Dec 21, 9:55am
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Treasury has announced it's having a major review of its macroeconomic policy framework. Brian Easton sees 'old framework' approaches hampering that review
Economist Brian Easton says legitimate pressures on government spending suggest we are going to have to raise total tax revenue or suffer a poorer quality New Zealand
13th Dec 21, 8:38am
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Economist Brian Easton says legitimate pressures on government spending suggest we are going to have to raise total tax revenue or suffer a poorer quality New Zealand
Economist Brian Easton says journalist Graham Adams has raised an important issue of the Māori caucus and policy in the current government
6th Dec 21, 8:38am
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Economist Brian Easton says journalist Graham Adams has raised an important issue of the Māori caucus and policy in the current government
Economist Brian Easton examines the evolution of our Covid policy looking through a war lens
29th Nov 21, 9:04am
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Economist Brian Easton examines the evolution of our Covid policy looking through a war lens
Economist Brian Easton asks: Why is there so much local opposition to the Three Waters restructuring?
15th Nov 21, 11:22am
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Economist Brian Easton asks: Why is there so much local opposition to the Three Waters restructuring?
Economist Brian Easton asks: What is the Three Waters restructuring actually about?
8th Nov 21, 9:17am
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Economist Brian Easton asks: What is the Three Waters restructuring actually about?
Economist Brian Easton has a crunch of minimum wages facts and thinking
1st Nov 21, 8:31am
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Economist Brian Easton has a crunch of minimum wages facts and thinking