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  • New Zealand's Living Standards Framework at a time of Unsustainability

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    Abstract New Zealand's Living Standards Framework (LSF) represents an opportunity to transform the way policy advice is provided to Government. This presentation examines the LSF in light of the Global Ecological Crisis (GEC), and what some commentators...

  • The Economics of Cultural Diversity: Recent Findings

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    Abstract Fuelled by the global growth in cross-border migration and mobility, many city populations are becoming increasingly diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity, religion, language, migrant status, etc. The sociologist Steven Vertovec introduced in...

  • On the Philosophy of Regulation

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    Abstract The quest for good and better regulation is not new. While traditionally relatively simple theories of market failure have provided the rationale for economic regulation, more modern theories of regulation focus on the design of optimal...

  • Social Investment: The New Black

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    Abstract It is 18 months since the Social Investment Unit was created. A great deal has happened in those 18 months to advance a social investment approach: New Zealand is the first jurisdiction in the world to have a Minister responsible for Social...

  • Tax Fairness and Folk Justice

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    Abstract Tax policy is formed in the political arena where everyday notions of fairness and justice contribute heavily to actual choices and outcomes. While philosophers and economists may have their own conceptions of justice, there are also everyday...

  • Family Violence

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    Abstract New Zealand continues to have one of the highest rates of Family Violence in OECD countries. Both child abuse and intimate partner violence rates are at epidemic proportions, significantly impacting New Zealand socio‐economic growth. Family...

  • Insights on Longevity for the Debate on New Zealand Superannuation Age of Eligibility

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    Abstract Many countries are reforming public pensions as a result of ageing populations.  The most common reform has been to increase eligibility age. This presentation highlights how emerging demographic theory and practice can help to improve on...

  • New Zealand's demographic accounting model - movers, stayers, and policy

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    Abstract The first data release from the 2013 Census was accompanied by the statement that between 2006 and 2013, most of New Zealand’s 16 regions grew, with just two declining in size. This was true at Regional Council level. At Territorial Authority (...

  • The Economist as Outsider

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    Abstract This lecture will discusses a growing sense among economists and others of the shortcomings in traditional approaches to economics, and economics teaching, that leaves the profession struggling to relate to or understand real-world issues,...

  • Registrations open to attend Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update lock-up

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    As announced by the Minister of Finance, the Treasury will publish the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update 2017 (PREFU) on Wednesday 23 August 2017. Interested journalists and analysts are invited to register their interest to attend a PREFU 2017...

  • Labor Politics - and Labor Violence - in a historical perspective

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    Abstract Why did Open access to labor organizations take nearly a century more to occur than for business organizations? During the century previous to the New Deal, firms and governments actively suppressed labor organization, firing workers who struck...

  • Getting Unemployed Youth into Jobs: Lessons for New Zealand from experiments in middle income countries

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    Biography Lead Economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank, and was previously assistant professor of economics at Stanford University. He is a New Zealander by birth, obtaining his undergraduate degrees in economics and statistics...

  • Moving beyond association: developing causal explanations for the relationship between housing and health

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    Abstract It is widely acknowledged that there are strong associations between economic factors and inequalities in health status. However, most of these associations are correlations and do not provide information about the causal relationships between...

  • Wellbeing, Living Standards and Distribution

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    Dr Gruen will talk about the similarities and differences between the Australian Treasury's wellbeing framework and the New Zealand Treasury's living standards framework, and  the Australian Treasury's experience with a formal framework.  The...

  • Approaches to Project Evaluation: CBA vs CGE Modelling?

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    Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) is well known as a rigorous approach to the evaluation of projects and policies- the objective is to measure how much better off an economy is. In recent years, particularly in Australia, computable general equilibrium (CGE)...

  • Budget 2012 Lock-ups - Thu 24 May - 10.30am-2pm Banquet Hall, Parliament Buildings, Wellington and 12pm-2pm TVNZ, Auckland

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    Wellington Lock-up The main Budget 2012 lock-up for media and economic and financial analysts will be held on Thursday 24 May from 10.30am at the Banquet Hall in Parliament Buildings. Documents will be available from 10.30am and Treasury officials will...

  • Climate, Geography, and the Origin of Political and Economic Institutions

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    Stephen Haber is the A. A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University.  In addition, he is Professor of Political Science, of History, and of Economics (by courtesy) at Stanford, as well as...

  • Norms, values, and preferences: measuring the intangible drivers of economic and social outcomes

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    Over the past decade and a half, significant progress has been made in the measurement of social and economic outcomes that are of concern for policy beyond simple macro-economic aggregates. This is reflected both in increasing consensus around the...

  • Crises and the International System

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    The Treasury is pleased to sponsor the following Treasury Guest Lecture by Prof Maurice Obstfeld. Abstract Review of the recent experience of financial crises since 2007, including the continuing crisis in the euro zone.  Seeking an answer to...

  • Composition and Performance of the Crown's Commercial and Financial Holdings: Seminar 10 of Investment Statement Series

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    In the lead-up to release of the Investment Statement, Treasury is facilitating a series of seminars aiming to foster interest in, and discussion on, matters relevant to the Crown’s balance sheet as well as the sharing of knowledge across the public...

  • Cross-country differences in firm growth and in what happens when firms patent: new evidence from micro data

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    Abstract The presentation will discuss the results of new OECD research. First, exploiting the newly created DYNEMP database, a new dataset based on microaggregated data from confidential sources (e.g. business registers) across 18 countries over the...

  • Shared Prosperity and the World Bank's New Vision

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    Bio Kaushik Basu is Senior Vice President for Development Economics and World Bank Chief Economist. He was until recently the Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India, at the Ministry of Finance—essentially the "Chief Economist" of the...

  • Understanding the Innovation Ecosystem - Rescheduled

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    This guest lecture has been rescheduled from the 12 September 2013 date which was cancelled due to Shaun Hendy's flight to Wellington being affected by storms in New Zealand. Abstract Although New Zealanders work harder and earn less than most other...

  • Recent Unemployment Experience in New Zealand

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    Abstract This seminar will discuss the recent history of the rate of unemployment in New Zealand. The rate of unemployment in New Zealand increased by about 3 1/2 percentage points between late 2007 and late 2009, and then has remained relatively steady...

  • Better Skills - Better Jobs - Better Lives

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    Abstract How the global talent pool is evolving, how effectively countries use their talent and how they are matching demand and supply for skills. Bio Andreas Schleicher is Deputy Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education...

  • Reshaping Local Government

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    Abstract A number of jurisdictions are rethinking the place of local government. This paper starts with context: What are the influences driving a rethinking of the role of local government and what does that mean for structure, function and decision-...

  • Is there an economic case for investing in health?

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    Abstract What are governments for? By common consent, one responsibility is to defend the nation from aggression. Another is to promote national prosperity? But what about improving the health of the population? Here, opinions are often divided. Is this...

  • Housing policy: a broader view

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    Abstract Housing is an important driver of the economy, as well as an outcome in itself. While current policy development is focused on the excess demand for affordable owner-occupied housing, the supply and quality of affordable private rental housing...

  • A conversation with Wellington Soup Kitchen and Wellington City Mission

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    What is the seminar about A team from Treasury recently spent some time with the Wellington Soup Kitchen and Wellington City Mission where we gained insight about what they do and the people they engage with everyday. We found this experience so...

  • Investment Statement: Managing the Crown's Balance Sheet

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    The Treasury will publish its 2014 Investment Statement on 26 March and journalists are invited to register their interest to attend an embargoed briefing on the day of publication. This briefing will be conducted in a lockup, hosted at the Treasury, in...

  • Treasury Seminar: Dr Weshah Razzak - Predicting Instability

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    Biography PhD Economics and Statistics North Carolina State University 1994. Adviser -  Arab Planning Institute - Kuwait. Principal Economist DoL New Zealand (2002-2008).  Adviser Reserve Bank of New Zealand (1994-2002). Research fellow Hong...

  • Measuring inequality: in pursuit of a chimera?

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    Abstract In this talk, Prof Creedy discusses the difficulties facing attempts to provide summary measures of inequality. Developments in the economics literature have emphasised the need to relate summary measures to explicit value judgements, rather...

  • Treasury Presentation: Savings Discussion Document

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    The Treasury will publish a savings discussion document on Wednesday 8 September 2010. The discussion document, entitled Saving in New Zealand - Issues and Options, aims to assist the recently-established independent Savings Working Group in its work...

  • Five Great Stagnations of the NZ Economy

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    Abstract New Zealand's market economy has been through five great stagnations (or depressions or recessions; economists have used different expressions): the long depression from 1878 to 1895, the interwar recession (which may have started as early as...

  • New Zealand's Pacific Futures

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    Abstract What will the future look like for Pacific people in New Zealand, and what will New Zealand’s future look like when it is shaped by the boom in Pacific people? Drawing on some insights from research into Pacific youth, youth educational...

  • What does a successful Pacific business look like

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    Abstract The latest data by MBIE on self-employed businesses show that Pacific entrepreneurs comprise 1.6% of the total number of small to medium business owners in New Zealand.  NZIER in 2005 projected that in 2021 should the inequity gap between...