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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
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
Policy point Extra quarantine capacity for critical workers is critical2

Policy Point: Extra quarantine capacity for 'critical workers' is critical

On August 8, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the Government would consider loosening New Zealand’s border controls and strict visa regime. Ardern said the Government is “keen to get local businesses more access to essential skilled workers to help grow the economy and create opportunities for resident Kiwis.”The Government is right to be concerned about this issue. Unfortunately, the Government was forced to switch its focus to stamping out the virus and fixing the country’s evidently porous borders.But with firms... Read more

Roger Partridge
Policy Point
3 September, 2020

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