Economist Brian Easton says too many commentators on current price pressures have not understood that this time it is very different from the 1970s. Their prescriptions may accelerate inflation
Economist Brian Easton says an opposition caucus is a seething mass of factions, schemings, plottings and plans for coups
Economist Brian Easton says the ongoing decline in market income inequality stopped in the 1980s. Since then it has been stable, while 1990 public policy actively increased disposable income inequality
Economist Brian Easton says we cannot be sure if we are facing secular stagnation, but the answer matters - even in the short term
Economist Brian Easton says behavioural economics challenges our assumptions about the relevance of rational economic man
Economist Brian Easton crunches the recent March quarter GDP data
Economist Brian Easton says the outlook does not look that promising
Economist Brian Easton says we again face the question of 40 years ago: what are effective development strategies?
‘Dark Towers’, a book on Deutsche Bank, throws light on a long running economic dispute. Brian Easton reviews the issues it raises through his independent sceptical lens
Budget 2022: Economist Brian Easton asks, what does Treasury think is happening to the economy whose evolution underpins the budget policies?
Economist Brian Easton says the informed discussion on the next steps in tax policy is about improving the income tax base, not about taxing wealth directly
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
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
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
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?
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
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