Bernard Hickey's essential weekly guide to the intersection of economics, business and politics in Aotearoa. Created by The Spinoff together with Kiwibank.
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Bernard Hickey talks to AUT Professor Gail Pacheco, who heads the NZ Work Research Institute, about whether pay transparency is the answer to help address our pay equity gaps for women, Māori and Pasifika.
Half-price bus and train fares are good, but wouldn’t completely free fares be even better? Bernard Hickey talks to transport and urban planning academic Jen McArthur about the economics and the politics of free public transport.
Bernard Hickey talks to Productivity Commission chair Ganesh Nana to find out if a migration surge would solve our productivity problem, and why any decision to pull the migration lever must also look to pull the infrastructure investment lever.
For decades we’ve been warned of major slumps that never happened, but the Reserve Bank’s new chief economist says this time, it’s different. Bernard Hickey challenges Paul Conway’s view that the housing market’s ever-upward tide may be turning.
The employment landscape currently favours workers, yet we’re still reluctant to ask for a pay rise and fear being sacked. Bernard Hickey is joined by AUT professor Jarrod Harr to examine what’s going on.
It’s hitting food, petrol, rent, shipping and wages, but inflation hasn’t touched the housing market. Bernard is joined by Kiwibank economist Mary-Jo Vergara to unpack the surprisingly big and long spike of inflation that is cascading into every aspect of our day-to-day lives.