It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Wellington for the 56th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists.
As always, the conference has a bit of the old and a bit of the new. It continues the explicit focus of the NZAE on bringing together economists from academia, the government and the private sector, to provide a space for challenging discussions on contemporary and historical issues in economics. The location this year is the iconic Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
I’m sure you all join me in thanking the conference committee, who have worked hard for over a year to bring you this event. Gail Pacheco and Mary Hedges co-chair the committee. With your help, they continue to improve the quality and scope of presentations at the conference. Behind the scenes and with the support of On-cue, they are also improving the systems for organising and running the conference.
I would like to acknowledge the financial support of our major sponsors. The continued support of Treasury, the Reserve Bank and Statistics New Zealand allows us to host well-regarded overseas speakers to provide keynote addresses. The conference has also received support from other organisations, including Victoria University of Wellington, Motu, and Cengage Learning.
I would also like to acknowledge the contributions of the many chairs, discussants and judges. They contribute to the smooth running of the conference, and they ensure the quality of presentation and discussion that makes the conference such a valuable experience.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who is attending. There are many options for conferences and seminars, and tighter budgets and time constraints make the choice even more difficult. By attending the conference, sharing your research and engaging with other economists, you are contributing to the success of the conference, the Association and the profession.
If you need any help during the conference, be sure to ask at the Conference Registration Desk or approach any of our helpful Conference Assistants.
Thank you for choosing to attend NZAE 2015. I hope you find it enjoyable and worthwhile.