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1989 was year zero for Generation Rent

Bernard Hickey argues on Newsroom that 1989 was the year when New Zealand's housing costs took off and started a massive inter-generational wealth transfer that is showing few signs of being reversed.  Otago University economist Andrew…

Motu researchers on the utter uselessness of job interviews, the ethical challenge facing AI, twelve questions for 2017, putting a price tag on diversity, how globalisation affected manufacturing - plus lawyer, lawyer your pants are on fire and more

Today's Top 10 at interest.co.nz (and an extra one for fun) is a guest post from Kate Preston, Sally Owen, Wilbur Townsend, Loïc Henry, Edmund Lou and Nathan Chappell at economic and public policy research…

STEM degrees set students up for serious salaries

A new paper by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust has found that students with a degree in the STEM fields may earn more, but tend to be cemented into their careers. Read more…

Broadband subsidies for education: Are they worth the cost?

Tech Policy Daily reports.... When a government spends billions of dollars to roll out ultra-fast fiber broadband (UFB) to more than 70 percent of the population, with the priority on connecting the country’s schools first, one…

NZ is a richer country than many of us believe - but we're one of the most unequal too

Kiwis own one of the biggest hoards of personal possessions, cars and appliances in the world, new research has revealed. In terms of owning stuff, New Zealand could be the third richest country in the world…

Are qualifications or job choice more important for recent graduates?

There are ongoing debates about the right quantity and mix of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills, and about whether other skills deliver similar benefits to employers and the economy at large. A new paper…

Fibre Broadband improves primary school students’ results

About two students at an average-sized primary school will reach the National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics because of the school’s access to fibre broadband. The New Zealand Government has spent $1.2 billion since 2008…

Rent week: Why we’re devoting a series to the reality of renting a NZ home in 2017

Renting in New Zealand is now the way most of us live. Unfortunately, in many ways, it sucks. Spinoff editor Duncan Greive explains why the Spinoff is dedicating a week to the issue.

Health benefits of insulation 'massive'

The benefit to cost ratio of insulating New Zealand's cold, unhealthy housing stock has been put at a startling 6 to 1 for the nation's most vulnerable. So if the evidence for insulating sick homes…

Using Data to Advance Dignity

Using Data to Advance Dignity: A new approach to measuring the Human Rights performance of countries, and how you can use it in your work Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Orozco Room,…