Publications

Review of the Application of Joint and Several Liability to the Building and Construction Sector

Sapere Research Group and Buddle Findlay were asked by the Department of Building & Housing to review the implications the current liability rule (as it relates to negligent acts) in the building and construction sector. Sapere’s role was to assess the economic arguments for alternative rules in terms of their effect on incentives, efficiency and

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Behavioural Economics Provides New Insights for Policy Reform

A new field of research called ‘behavioural economics’ has emerged, which studies the way in which people deviate from rationality and simple self-interest. This paper investigates the implications of behavioural economics for public policy in New Zealand. This research paper was prepared by Timothy Irwin, with assistance from Richard Tooth, Sally Wyatt, Glenn Boyle, Simon

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Drinking water – cost benefit analysis

This cost benefit analysis seeks to understand the costs and benefits of requiring drinking water supplies serving different sized populations to meet all or part of the New Zealand drinking water Standards 2005, revised 2008.

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Practice Nurse Cost Benefit Analysis: Report to the Ministry of Health

Develop a financial model that demonstrates the financial costs and benefits to general practitioners of using practice nurses. This study uses the results of a literature review and data from nine NZ primary care practices, including GP and nurse diaries recording details of more than 2,000 consultations, to develop a model estimating the financial impact

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Review of the Human Therapeutics industry’s Economic Value to New Zealand: Report to Research, Science and Technology and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Sapere research group (LECG Asia Pacific) was asked to identify the contribution that the human therapeutics discovery industry (the industry) brings to New Zealand. FRST and NZTE asked us to calculate the industry contribution to GDP and employment. We were asked to consider better ways for the agencies involved to invest for the benefit of

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Evaluation of 13 Diagnostic Pilots: Report to The Ministry of Health

Between May 2008 and January 2009, the Ministry of Health Elective Services programme funded 14 diagnostic pilots at 10 District Health Boards around New Zealand. The Ministry of Health published a document that briefly summarises each of the pilots, ‘A summary of the Improving Patient Pathways – Diagnostic Pilots.’ Sapere Research Group (LECG Asia Pacific)

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Data Driven Decision making in New Zealand 29-04-2015

This report estimates the value for the economy of using data to make decisions, as opposed to other methods of making decision, like relying on hunches. We estimate that New Zealand shared $2.4 billion of value by using data to make smarter decisions and to develop new products and services. There are opportunities to roughly

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Capital market integration: A review of the issues and an assessment of New Zealand’s position

A report prepared for the Ministry of Economic Development and the Capital Market Development Taskforce. In integrated capital markets assets are priced according to a common set of risks. By contrast prices reflect country‐specific factors in segmented markets. Capital market integration offers the possibility of better capital allocation and greater economic growth improved country risk‐sharing

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On Ya Bike? A Review of the Christchurch Cycleway Network Business Case

Transport consulting firm QTP Ltd has estimated that the proposed Christchurch cycleway network provides $8 of economic benefits for every dollar invested. However, much of this is based on faulty economic analysis and the true picture is much less rosy. Every Christchurch household is faced with an average bill of at least $1100 in present

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The impact of deposit insurance on depositor behavior during a crisis: A conjoint analysis approach

We investigate the effectiveness of initiating deposit insurance at the outset of a banking crisis. Using a conjoint analysis approach that allows us to consider the simultaneous impact of multiple deposit insurance attributes and various counterfactuals, we ask a multinational sample of respondents how they would view hypothetical account profiles following the failure of a

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