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64th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists

Victoria University Of Wellington
3 - 5 July 2024


Conference Venue

Victoria University of



I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to all of you attending the 64th Annual Conference hosted by the New Zealand Association of Economists. Our annual conference serves as a platform for friends from academia, government, and private sectors to engage in fruitful discussions surrounding important matters affecting New Zealand. Moreover, it offers an opportunity for networking, allowing economists at various career stages to exchange insights, build connections, and contribute to the enhancement of economic research in our country.

This year we are proud to welcome four outstanding keynote speakers: Charles D. Kolstad, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, Stefanie Schurer, Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney, Graham Scott, Sapere Research Group, and David Vines, Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford.

This conference would not be possible without the outstanding work of our conference committee. I hope you will all join me in thanking John Saunders, the chair of the conference committee, Julia Talbot-Jones, Patrick Nolan, and Matt Roskruge for their time and effort they put into making this event happen. They are supported by our partners OnCue and Motu. I also want to thank numerous volunteers who generously dedicate their time to serve as judges for various prizes.

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 Motu, and the contributions of the AERU, NZIER, NZ Initiative, and SDAS.

Your active involvement holds immense value. By attending the conference, sharing your research, and interacting with fellow participants, you play a vital role in fostering the success of both the conference and the broader economics community in New Zealand. Your contributions are deeply appreciated, and I am confident that your experience will be both fulfilling and enriching.


Associate Professor Dr. Dennis Wesselbaum

NZAE President


Victoria University Of Wellington

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