Infometrics newsletter - Sept 2020:
 
Sept 2020 Newsletter
 
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In our September 2020 newsletter, the Infometrics team examines how the economy continues to evolve, and what will drive change. Senior Economist Brad Olsen leads with an analysis of regional economic diversity, and why the COVID-19 pandemic might be the end of some Think Big projects. 

Economist Paul Barkle dissects changing migration patterns and how this area will influence New Zealand’s labour market and our skills needs. Economist Andrew Beattie digs into new Zealand’s trading outcomes, finding some sweetness among the figures which are supporting the economy.

Chief Economist Adolf Stoombergen looks at the idea of pizza in schools as a policy development worth exploring, and how examples like this highlight the importance of proper policy analysis. 

Finally, Brad rounds out the newsletter with a Chart of the Month showing that renters are likely to be hit more immediately by job losses from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. 

In this issue:

Industry concentrations, and the fall of Think Big?

Migration, huh! (What is it good for?)

The world still needs to eat

Pizza in schools: a policy nirvana?

Chart of the Month: Job losses to hit renters first

 
Industry concentrations, and the fall of Think Big?
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had major ramifications for the New Zealand economy and put a spotlight on the structure of local economies…

Migration, huh! (What is it good for?)
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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, migration movements have presented themselves as a puzzling aspect of New Zealand’s economic path forward…

The world still needs to eat
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Although the movement of people across the globe has come to a near standstill, New Zealand’s exports mean that we still have a large connection to the outside world…

Pizza in schools: a policy nirvana?
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At Infometrics we are often amazed, even annoyed, at ill-considered policy proposals that are targeted at solving a single issue, without recognising the law of unintended consequences…

Chart of the Month: Job losses to hit renters first
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It’s abundantly clear that the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn isn’t hitting all groups equally, with job losses more concentrated among groups like Māori, young people, and women…

 

That’s all for the month

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