62nd Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists

Victoria University Wellington
29 June – 1 July 2022

Conference Welcome

It is my pleasure to once again welcome you to the Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists. In spite of the Covid-related impacts over the last couple of years, we have still managed to create an annual conference where participants from academia, government and private sectors can come together in order to discuss and share ideas on important issues facing New Zealand. More importantly, this also provides an opportunity to bring together economists at all stages of their careers to share their experiences, build networks and support the economic research infrastructure in New Zealand.

We are pleased to offer a multi-day format once again. This also provides us with the space to welcome four outstanding keynote speakers this year. Caralee McLiesh, Chief Executive and Secretary to the Treasury; Lee Ohanian, Professor of Economics, and Director of the Ettinger Family Program in Macroeconomic Research at UCLA; Alan Bollard, Former governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Secretary of Treasury, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat and currently Chair of the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, and; Suzanne Snively previous director of the Reserve Bank and the New Zealand Army Leadership Board, and currently chair of Transparency International New Zealand. The diversity of their backgrounds and insights reflects well the broad spread of interests of you, the attendees. 

A dedicated conference committee is working to bring you this event: John Saunders (Lincoln University), Julia Talbot-Jones (Victoria University of Wellington), Graham Squires (Massey University). They are aptly supported by the expertise of OnCue and Motu.

I wish to acknowledge the financial support of our major sponsors. The support of Treasury, the Reserve Bank, and Stats New Zealand enables us to provide a professional conference experience that brings together the economics community to nourish our profession. The support of Victoria University of Wellington in hosting our meeting again is also greatly appreciated, as are the contributions of Motu, AERU and SDAS.


Your participation is valued. By coming to the conference, sharing your research and engaging with other participants, you are contributing to the success of the conference, the Association and the economics community in New Zealand. I am sure that you will find it enjoyable and worthwhile.

Gail Pacheco

NZAE President


21st February

Abstract Submissions Open

28th March

Conference Registrations Open

4th April

Abstracts Due

22nd April

Notifications of Acceptance

13th May

Deadline for Early-Bird Registrations

Registration Deadline for Presenters

6th June

Full Papers Due for Entries to Prizes

29th June

Conference Starts (ends 1st July)

Programme at a Glance



8:00 – 9:00


9:00 – 10:00

Keynote 1

10:00 – 10:30

Morning Tea

10:30 – 12:00

Session 1

12:00 – 1:30

Lunch & Poster Session

1:30 – 3:00

Session 2

3:00 – 3:30

Afternoon Tea

3:30 – 5:00

Session 3

5:30 – 6:30

Welcome Reception

Hosted by the Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit Lincoln University

Venue: Victoria University (Conference Venue)


9:00 – 10:30

Keynote 2

10:30 – 11:00

Morning Tea

11:00 – 12:30

Session 4

12:30 – 1:15


1:15 – 2:00


2:00 – 3:30

Session 5

3:30 – 4:00

Afternoon Tea

4:00 – 5:30

Keynote 3

6:30 – 8:30

Cocktail Evening & Prize Giving

Venue: The Boatshed - Wellington Waterfront - Click for map


9:00 – 10:30

Keynote 4

10:30 – 11:00

Morning Tea

11:00 – 12:30

Session 6

12:30 – 1:30

Lunch / Conference Close

Conference Venue

Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University, Wellington

23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

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