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“COVID-19 times are not normal times.” As policies and investments rely on pre-COVID assumptions, this week we look at risk – from urban policies and infrastructure investments to our perceptions of the risk of becoming infected. Read our latest blog posts…

Don't stand so close to me

 

As New Zealand is about to embark on a large infrastructure programme, Nik asks: "What if people’s preferences for density and proximity to others change as a result of COVID-19?"

Don't stand so close to me

 

 

 

Local government infrastructure financing meets COVID-19

 

As councils face serious funding challenges, support from central government may be welcomed. Ron looks at the risks and asks "Should councils be careful what they wish for?"

Local government infrastructure financing meets COVID-19

 

 

 

Whats the risk?

 

As a society, are we better off if everyone thinks COVID-19 is more dangerous than it really is? Here’s a look at risk from an economist’s point of view.

What's the risk?

 

 

 

The future of work? Over-prepared for yesterday’s threat, and under-prepared for tomorrow’s?

 

Dave reflects on a year spent gazing into a crystal ball over how best to prepare for the “future of work”, only to have the analysis gazumped from an unexpected quarter!

Over-prepared for yesterday’s threat, and under-prepared for tomorrow’s?

 

 

 

Law in order?

 

"Setting regulation for crises is hard.” As the legality of New Zealand's lockdown restrictions has been questioned, Nik looks at three key regulatory design issues for emergencies like COVID-19.

Law in order?

 

 

 

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