Ikea

Retail therapy

Back in March, the World Happiness Index 2020 placed New Zealand eighth with a score of 7.3, tucked between Austria and Sweden. Every country ranking higher was Nordic (aside from Switzerland) and I notice they also have plenty of Ikea stores. Read more

Nathan Smith
Insights Newsletter
18 September, 2020
home hills 1

Real rent control

It wasn’t that long after the Christchurch earthquakes that the calls for rent control came. The earthquakes had destroyed thousands and thousands of homes. Things were really rather dire. We lived in South New Brighton at the time; our neighbour had people living in her garden shed. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The Dominion Post
7 September, 2020
Sweden

Sweden, mortality postponed

Some countries have clear advantages during a pandemic. For instance, New Zealand is surrounded by a thousand-kilometre moat.On the other hand, Sweden’s obvious disadvantage was its proximity to Northern Italy, one of the first Covid-19 hotspots outside of China and a common destination for Swedes on ski holidays.However, research from Washington DC-based George Mason University show it can be the less obvious shortcomings that can hurt the most during a pandemic.In their recent working paper, 16 Possible factors for Sweden’s... Read more

Joel Hernandez
Insights newsletter
4 September, 2020

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