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Conversations about the economic future of New Zealand
In July and August The Policy Observatory will host a series of conversations about the future of the New Zealand economy. Chaired by Rod Oram, each event covers a different topic: the future of trade in a world with the re-emergence of nationalist populism and where voters are sceptical of big trade deals; the balance read more
I Know What You Did Last Summer: Risks and Opportunities for Big Data
Big Data creates enormous opportunities for better understanding the impacts and effectiveness of economic and public policy, such as social investment. But our newfound capacity for collecting data and targeting intervention creates risks as well as opportunities. How can we get the best out of Big Data without enabling the worst, whether in government, business read more