Employers should remember: better-paid workers make better customers too.
COMMENT: Big data on benefits could save taxpayers' money - and do some good too.
Productivity is lousy, but Govt isn't much interested in suggestions for change.
COMMENT: Reserve Bank worries about wider impact if too many borrowers are struggling.
COMMENT: Instead of taxing housing harder, why not change the tax on retirement savings?
Labour's plan to reform monetary policy is more modest than it looks.
Businesses say they plan to invest more, but are they doing as they say?
COMMENT: Gareth Morgan's Opportunities Party has some radical ideas for tax and benefits, Brian Fallow writes.
COMMENT: Proposed reforms will only nibble at the cost of taxpayer-funded pensions, says Brian Fallow.
COMMENT: In an election year, a useful economic indicator of how Kiwis are feeling is consumer spending.
Let's hope that whoever succeeds Graeme Wheeler as Reserve Bank governor next year does as good a job as he has.
COMMENT: Readers of a certain age might remember when there was a degree of prejudice against the wave of immigrants from the Netherlands, Brian Fallow writes.
COMMENT: Is the end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership the death of open economies or just a setback, Brian Fallow writes.
COMMENT: The overall growth numbers look solid. But some of the details are not so encouraging, Brian Fallow writes.
Gareth Morgan's proposal to tax the equity on homes does not sound like an election winner, but it's worth another look, writes Brian Fallow.
COMMENT: There's little chance NZ will get through the next few years without an economic shock.
COMMENT: It is a welcome development that Statistics NZ is now producing household living-cost price indexes.
COMMENT: Taking Donald Trump at his word, his election heralds a trade war, a recession, and a setback for climate change efforts.
COMMENT: Depositors are in line for better returns - but it won't be soon.
COMMENT: We've promised to cut carbon emissions, but all the options face problems.
COMMENT: The Reserve Bank has some explaining to do.
COMMENT: Low interest rates make even big home loans affordable - at least for now.
COMMENT: As NZ basks, a host of dangers await in the global economy.
COMMENT: Ex-Minister suggests new way to tackle emissions.
COMMENT: Is China about to be the epicentre of Global Financial Crisis II, the sequel?
COMMENT: Households have more to spend, but the cost of a home is boosting inequality.
Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler might be wondering right now what he has to do to move the needle on retail interest rates or the dollar.
COMMENT: There is little NZ can do about high dollar or inflation.
COMMENT: Real danger is house prices, not low inflation.
COMMENT: The political and financial market aftershocks of the Brexit vote will eventually subside.
COMMENT: The economy's vital signs don't look too bad, at first glance.
COMMENT: Debt is growing twice as fast as economic growth, writes Brian Fallow.
COMMENT: Legislation has been taken to remove the Emmissions Trading Scheme's buy one, get one free provision.