In Auckland in mid-June we present 'Economics for Everyone', two free seminars led by Jim Stanford as an introduction to the economics of everyday life. These will equip you with the knowledge and the confidence to decipher and critique the belt-tightening prescriptions of our current government.
Jim Stanford is economist for the Canadian Auto Workers union, and an economics columnist for the Globe and Mail newspaper. He is also the author of Economics for Everyone (Pluto Books, 2008), a critical-thinking primer on economics for union members, social activists, and others concerned with challenging the phony mystique and underlying biases of conventional economics. Join Jim for a special two-night introduction to the economics of everyday life. After all, as Jim says, “economics is too important to be left to the economists!”
Three University of Auckland students won the inaugural Alternative Budget competition, sponsored by the Productive Economy Council and the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
The Productivity Pandas, comprised of James Ruddell, Nupur Upadhyay and Alexander Kirch, beat five other teams last night in a competition designed to start Gen Y debating the decisions Baby Boomers were making for them. According to the Panda's, a budget should aim to maximise economic prosperity while maintaining the core social values of New Zealand society. A copy of their Budget Policy Statement and video of their presentation and subsequent Q & A can be found here.