Events

Upcoming events

Tax Compliance Masterclass

by two of the world’s leading experts on tax compliance research:

Professor James Alm & Professor Gareth Myles

When: 6th – 7th December 2016

Where: Wellington: Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Function Centre, Waterfront

This 1½ day Masterclass will share latest thinking on the economics of tax compliance, an update on research from the US, Europe and New Zealand and explore how tax compliance research can inform tax policy and tax compliance effort in practice.

Cost: $350 ($200 – Public Service/Academic)

This Masterclass will be restricted to 30 participants, so early registration is encouraged.

Or contact fiona.taylor@vuw.ac.nz for more information

The 2016 Public Finance Debate Series hosted by the Government Economics Network and the Chair in Public Finance

Debate 2: New Zealand needs a sugar tax to protect us from Christmas excesses

Waistlines often expand around the Christmas season. This may reflect the appearance of candy canes, eggnog lattes, and other edible Christmas goodies. Could a sugar tax save us from these sugar-laden treats? The UK introduced a tax on sugary drinks in its 2016 Budget and other countries seems to be lining up. But will it deal with the alleged obesity problem among children and adults? What about other good or bad side-effects of a sugar tax? Is regulation a better way to go? Or should government simply leave our Christmas treats alone.

15th December 4:00 - 5:00 pm followed by refreshments

For more information please view the Invitation flier.

Past Events

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.

2015

2015 Public Finance Christmas debate

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.

Imputation and the New Zealand Dividend Psyche Seminar

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.

2015 Public Finance debate series

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

2014

2013

2012