Final Eric Crampton

Dr Eric Crampton

Chief Economist

Eric is the Chief Economist at The New Zealand Initiative and co-author of The Case for Economic Growth. He served as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics & Finance at the University of Canterbury from November 2003 until July 2014.

Eric is also the creator and author of the well-known blog “Offsetting Behaviour”.

Latest reports:
Safe Arrivals (2020)
Policy Point: Open for minds: export education and recovery (2020)
Policy Point: Stay on Target
(2020)
Research Note: Effective Treatment: Public policy prescription for a pandemic  (2020)
Policy Point: Time to Process (2020)
Research Note: Seeing the problem, but missing the point: Decile dilemmas (2019)
Research Note: The Unreserved Bank of New Zealand: Why unorthodox monetary policy needs boundaries (2019)
Policy Point: Biting education bullets (2019)
Refreshing Water: Valuing the priceless (2019)
Score! Transforming NCEA Data (2018)
Recipe for disaster: Building policy on shaky ground (2018)
Analog Regulation, Digital World (2017)
The Outside of the Asylum: A New Zealander’s guide to the world out there (2017)
Decade of Debt: The Cost of Interest-free Student Loans (2016)
Deadly Heritage (2016)
In the Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity (2015)
The Case for Economic Growth (2015)

Phone: +64 4 499 0790

Email: eric.crampton@nzinitiative.org.nz

Recent Work

Quarantine 3

Easing open the bars of the Covid cage

Family coming to stay for the weekend is hardly a reason for home renovations. In a pinch, folks can bunk in together for a while. But if they’re going to be around for the next couple of years, well, it might make sense to put in the extension or build a sleepout. And the longer you wait to get started, the more miserable the experience for everyone. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Newsroom
4 August, 2020
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Research Note: Safe Arrivals

Up to a million Kiwis live overseas with a right to return to New Zealand. While the country is now effectively free of Covid-19, with cases only in the country’s quarantine facilities, the pandemic rages abroad and is unlikely to abate anytime soon. Even if a vaccine is developed this year, scaling up its production will take time. In the meantime, the Government must scale up its own capabilities and capacity within its managed isolation and quarantine facilities.This report provides... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Research Note
24 July, 2020
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Eric Crampton on how New Zealand’s border capabilities can be safely scaled-up

Eric Crampton discusses his new report on how New Zealand’s border capabilities can be safely scaled-up with Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB. He says instead of charging returning Kiwis for their stay in managed isolation, the government could provide them with vouchers. It would help offset the cost of a stay at a basic facility. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Newstalk ZB - Mike Hosking Breakfast
24 July, 2020
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Podcast #16: How to think about cannabis legalisation, with Dr Eric Crampton

On this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, Kiwis are set to vote in a referendum to legalise cannabis on September 19.It’s a controversial topic for some, but chief economist Dr Eric Crampton says thinking about cannabis from an economic perspective can help clear up many misconceptions and worries.Understandably, he says cannabis legalisation is a fairly new path for most countries that have already passed it, so there is not a lot of solid data about how it affects society. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Nathan Smith
Podcast
26 June, 2020

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