The 2016 Public Finance Debate Series hosted by the Government Economics Network and the Chair in Public Finance
Debate 1: Big data in policy advice: big opportunity or big risk?
In the absence of detailed knowledge of individuals’ circumstances, the traditional approach to policy targeting has often been to target the policy as widely to ensure that all those who might be eligible are reached. But now ‘big data’ is providing unique opportunities to identify individual characteristics, so radically improving our ability to target those most in need. But what are the risks? Some might argue that while big data can provide a more detailed picture of targeted individuals, it focuses policy on the symptoms, not the causes, of their condition.
Date: 28th September 2016 4:00 - 5:00 pm followed by refreshments
For more information please view the Invitation flier.
Debate 2: New Zealand needs a sugar tax to protect us from the consequences of Christmas excesses
15th December 4:00 - 5:00 pm followed by refreshments
on 9 December 2015, the Government Economics Network and Chair in Public Finance hosted a lively Christmas debate on the cost of happiness at Christmas.
Tax has a major impact on corporate dividend policy. In-depth interviews with 25 New Zealand corporates and 12 investor groups underpin EY’s report Imputation and the New Zealand Dividend Psyche. The Chair in Public Finance and EY hosted a seminar to discuss this report on 23 November 2015.
From April to June, the Government Economics Network and Chair in Public Finance hosted a series of debates on topical public finance issues:
Debate 1: Today’s policy settings unfairly favour the baby boomer generation
Debate 2: Economic evidence should play a greater role in health policy evaluation
Debate 3: The ‘investment approach’ provides a helpful new tool for public spending policy and evaluation