It is my pleasure to invite you to Wellington for the 58th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists. It will be held at Victoria University’s Rutherford House. The conference will be held slightly later than usual (12-14 July 2017) as a result of the Lions’ tour that hits Wellington the week before.
We welcome four distinguished keynote speakers: Lisa Cameron, William Strange, Andrew Atkeson and John Gibson. Lisa (Monash University) specialises in the use of “statistics to study human behaviour and human issues.” Much of her work has been applied to issues of poverty in developing countries. William (University of Toronto) is one of the world’s best-known urban economists. He is editor of the Journal of Urban Economics and, from personal experience, is a terrific presenter. Andrew (UCLA) is one of the most prominent contributors in the profession to the fields of macro-economics and macro-finance, while John (University of Waikato) has contributed to many fields relevant to issues facing Asia, the Pacific and New Zealand.
The diversity of their insights, together with those of our other conference contributors, will ensure that the conference appeals to the broad spread of NZAE members’ interests. The Association brings together economists from academia, the government and the private sector, and the conference provides an opportunity for challenging discussions on contemporary and historical issues in economics.
This year we are honoured to offer the inaugural David Teece Prize in Industrial Organisation and Firm Behaviour. This $2,500 award is sponsored by Berkeley Research, and is judged on a written paper presented at the conference. Further details including how to apply can be found on the prizes information page.
The conference committee for this event comprises: Peter Tait (Lincoln University), Mark Holmes (University of Waikato) and Lydia Cheung (Auckland University of Technology). Their efforts, supported by On-cue and Motu, are greatly appreciated.
I wish to acknowledge the financial support of our major sponsors. The support of Treasury, the Reserve Bank, and Statistics New Zealand enables us to host highly-regarded overseas speakers to provide keynote addresses.
Your contribution is valued. By coming to the conference, sharing your research and engaging with other economists, you are contributing to the success of the conference, the Association and the profession in New Zealand. I am sure that you will find it most enjoyable and worthwhile.