Category Archives: Health

PROLONGATION OF LIFE AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE.

How economists think about valuing life when allocating resources for healthcare purposes. Pundit: 28 November, 2014 Keywords: Health; A couple of comments to an earlier column asked questions about the quality of life versus the prolongation of life. It might be useful to set out an economic perspective on the broad issue, while acknowledging the…
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Democratic Governance and Health: Hospitals, Politics and Health Policy in New Zealand.

Miriam J Laugesen and Robin Gauld; Otago University Press, $40.00. ISBN 978 1 877578 27 4. (Review)   New Zealand Books: 5 December, 2013.   Keywords: Health;   I have long puzzled over the point of local democracy in the highly centralised state of New Zealand. If you dont like what your local representatives decide…
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Long Term Prospects for Health Spending

Wellington School of Medicine Seminar Series: 22 November, 2013. [1] Keywords: Governance; Health;   The Public Finance Act requires the Treasury to produce a statement on the Crown’s Long Term Fiscal Position every four years. It involves projecting 40 and more years out based on current policy assumptions with some alternative policy assumptions to assist…
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Dealing with No Ordinary Commodity: Alcohol

Global Alcohol Policy Conference: Thailand, 14-16 February as Honorary Research Fellow at SHORE, Massey University. Keywords: Health; Regulation & Taxation; Social Policy; The theme of this presentation is that alcohol is no ordinary commodity; economic policy has to think about it differently. The alcoholic beverages industry, of course, produces jobs and profits for investors, just like any…
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Gambling Economics (Index)

Keywords:  Health; Time and Money Spent Gambling and the Relationship with Quality-of-life Measures: A National Study of New Zealanders (July 2010) Journal of Gambling Issues http://www.eastonbh.ac.nz/?p=1336 Measuring the Impact of Gambling (February 2009)  Paper to Wellington Statistical Group http://www.eastonbh.ac.nz/?p=938 Assessment of the Social Impacts of Gambling in New Zealand (January 2009) Report to the Mnistry…
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Time and Money Spent Gambling and the Relationship with Quality-of-life Measures:

A national study of New Zealanders Keywords:  Health; Statistics; Published in the Journal of Gambling Issues 24, July 2010, pp.33-53. Authors: En-Yi Judy Lin; Sally Casswell; Brian Easton; Taisia Huckle; Lanuola Asiasiga; Ru Quan You:  Centre for Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand Abstract This study provides quantitative measures…
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The Benefits and Costs Of Gambling: Some Policy Implications

Commissioned Report: April 2010 Keywords: Health; Regulation & Taxation; Social Policy; Executive Summary The following is not the usual executive summary. Rather it draws out the policy implications of the known costs and benefits of gambling, thereby summarising the main report, which consists of two parts. Appendix I is a general account about how economists…
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Targeting the Minimum Price Of Alcohol

This paper was prepared in October 2009 for the Law Commission when it was reviewing alcohol policy. It is released under the Official Information Act. Keywords: Health;  Regulation & Taxation Terms of Reference The Law Commission has asked for a report describing how a minimum price regime for alcoholic beverages might be implemented, and what…
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