Publications

Behavioural economics and the regulation of consumer credit

This paper developed with the assistance of the New Zealand Law Foundation, is a case study that examines the regulation of consumer credit through the lens of behavioural economics. The paper examines how behavioural biases may contribute to poor decisions that have implications for the consumer credit industry. It critically reviews a range of regulations

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Energy Infrastructure Strategy report for Infrastructure NSW

Nives Matosin, Senior Managing Consultant at Sapere, prepared an expert report for Infrastructure NSW as part of its State Infrastructure Strategy. The report considers National and State energy policies, trends in energy consumption and indications of future energy costs and prices. The report proposes a series of energy infrastructure priorities to meet challenges and opportunities

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A Review of Import Requirements and Border Processes in Light of the Entry of Psa into New Zealand

An independent review of the biosecurity settings and border processes in place prior to the entry of the kiwifruit-killing bacteria, Psa-V, into New Zealand.

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Cost benefit analysis of the surgical safety checklist

Gary Blick, Senior Managing Economist of Sapere and Martin Hefford undertook a cost benefit analysis of the WHO surgical safety checklist for the Health Quality & Safety Commission. The report concludes there is scope to make more consistent use of the surgical safety checklist within the New Zealand health system and that the cost of

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The Ins and Outs of Online Video 21-04-2012

TUANZ (the Telecommunications Users Association) commissioned four articles on aspects of the telecommunications and Internet markets. This is the first article in the series, looking at the future of broadcasting. As Internet infrastructure continues to improve, online video services increasingly compete with traditional broadcasters like TVNZ and Sky, making the future much brighter for consumers, but

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Australian Household Insurance: Understanding and Affordability

Sapere Director, Dr Richard Tooth with support from Roy Morgan Research undertook a study on household insurance held for Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG). The report is based on a survey of 1,200 Australian households that examined consumer attitudes and understanding of insurance, issues of affordability and other reasons for under and non-insurance.

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Coromandel District’s Aquaculture Industry Plays Significant Role in the Economy

The report finds that aquaculture contributes $31M in GDP to the Waikato regional economy and employs about 430 full time staff across the region. The Coromandel is currently producing 31,000 tonnes of mussels and 400 tonnes of oysters annually and with the recent announcement by the Government of a new 300 hectare aquaculture zone in

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Population Movement After Natural Disasters: A Literature Review and Assessment of Christchurch Data

This review considers peer reviewed research on natural disasters in developed countries, and available data on the Christchurch population, to arrive at an independent estimate of population change after the earthquake. A commonly quoted estimate of out-migration from Christchurch after the February 2011 earthquake is 70,000 people. The most comparable disasters for which published data

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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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