Call for expressions of interest: Editor, Asymmetric Information.

The New Zealand Association of Economists is looking for someone to take over as the editor of its in-house magazine, Asymmetric Information, for a four-year term starting in July 2015. The incoming editor would take over from Professor John Creedy who is stepping down after four years in the role. He or she will work with Professor Creedy in issuing the August 2015 issue (which is largely complete) and then take over full responsibility for the three issues per year after that. This is a non-remunerated role. The editor is an ex officio member of the council of the New Zealand Association of Economists. Previous issues of Asymmetric Information can be viewed here.

Please send any expression of interest to the New Zealand Association of Economists at economists@nzae.org.nz.

Early bird registration until 14 May 2015

The 56th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists will be held at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington on July 1-3.

The programme for the approaching conference is now available at www.nzaeconference.co.nz/programme/timetable.cfm.

Please take advantage of the early bird registration rate, which is offered until May 14th, accessed along with other conference details at www.nzaeconference.co.nz.

Any queries regarding the 2015 conference email Gail Pacheco gail.pacheco@aut.ac.nz or Mary Hedges m.hedges@auckland.ac.nz both are co-chairing this year’s conference.

April 2015 AI (#52) includes perspective on budget surplus

Asymmetric Information Issue 52 April 2015

Contents:

  • Editorial
  • An Interview with Kerrin Vautier (by Mary Hughes)
  • The ‘Five Minute Interview’ (with Adam Jaffe)
  • From the 2B RED File (by Grant Scobie)
  • Advert for NZ-UK Link Foundation
  • ‘Frames’ (by Stuart Birks)

  • Blogwatch (by Paul Walker)

  • Fine Lines (by Arthur Grimes)

  • The budget surplus (by Norman Gemmell)

  • The price of disaster risk (by Levente Timar, Arthur

    Grimes and Richard Fabling, Motu)

  • Measuring wealth (by Ann Ball, StatsNZ)

  • Report from GEN

  • Report from Chair in Public Finance (VUW)

  • Research in Progress (Massey)

Applications for Senior Economist, Auckland Council close 13-Mar-2015

Senior Economist

  • Exciting Opportunity
  • Permanent role
  • Centrally based

This is a great and exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Economist to permanently join the Auckland Council team this year.

The successful candidate will be responsible for undertaking economic research and analysis of the Auckland region and relevant markets. Specifically, the Senior Economist will provide robust economic research, advice and analysis to key projects linked to the implementation of the Council’s strategies and policies to ensure that they are based on sound principles and practice.

Accountabilities

Your role will be to support the Chief Economist Unit (CEU) to provide leadership on economic issues for Auckland Council, using sound economic analysis. Critical to this is supporting the Chief Economist to:

  • Provide economic advice to the executive team, mayor and elected representatives
  • Ensure the public is informed of economics and trade-offs of important issues
  • Assist with lifting the capability of Council staff in the use of economic appraisal, and by extension, quality regulatory, policy, and business case development
  • Collaborate with Council Controlled Organisations, government agencies/departments, and business community
  • Undertake CEU-led appraisals for critical Auckland issues.

Your success in the role will help build the reputation of the Chief Economist Unit as one of technical and applied expertise, especially in the field of urban economics and appraisal. You will do this by using your highly developed people skills to work with a variety of stakeholders across Council and beyond.

Who you are

You will be an experienced Economist with 5 – 7 years of proven economic advisory experience, including the development of business cases and regulatory impact analysis. You will be experienced in economic appraisal, cost benefit analysis and public policy analysis. Experience in transport, urban, and/or infrastructure economics would be useful. A post-graduate degree in economics is essential. You will work closely with the existing members of the team in order to contribute to the development of current best practice on research and analysis and to provide high quality advice to decision makers. You will need to have excellent relationship management skills as you will deal with a wide range of internal and external contacts, many of which may not be experienced with economics. Your demonstrated leadership skills to coach and mentor junior employees will be vital for this role. Your consultative style and excellent written and oral communication skills will see you be successful in this career opportunity.

What we will offer you

In return, you will join a growing team and take on a unique role at Auckland council and make your mark on some bleeding edge economics work. You will join a team that is at forefront of positively contributing to Auckland’s economic challenges. You will receive a competitive salary and have the opportunity to work and grow your career networks. If this is your next Economist role, we want to hear from you.

For a confidential conversation, please contact Leah Abrams, Senior Talent Sourcing Specialist via email leah.abrams@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or alternatively apply with your cover letter and CV.

Applications for this role on Friday, 13th March 2015 at 10:30pm.

For more information on Auckland Council, and to apply for this job, please go to our job site
www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/careers and enter the job code
67103NAE

2015 NZEP Issue 1 offers some insights into dairy farm profitability, among other things

The contents of New Zealand Economic Papers, Volume 49, Issue 1, 2015 (available online or by subscription):

  • An analysis of benefit flows in New Zealand using a social accounting framework by Omar Aziz, Nick Carroll & John Creedy
  • Recognising and building on freshman students’ prior knowledge of economics by Michael P. Cameron & Steven Lim
  • Current trends in economics enrolments at secondary and tertiary level by Stephen Agnew
  • Improving the profitability of Waikato dairy farms: Insights from a whole-farm optimisation model by Graeme J. Doole
  • Demographic transition and the real exchange rate in Australia: An empirical investigation by Kamrul Hassan, Ruhul Salim & Harry Bloch
  • Exchange-rate volatility and commodity trade between the USA and Indonesia by Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee, Hanafiah Harvey & Scott W. Hegerty

2014 NZEP Issue 2 a Special Issue on USM-AUT International Conference on Sustainable Economic Development: Policies and Strategies

The contents of New Zealand Economic Papers, Volume 48, Issue 3, 2014 (available online or by subscription):

  • USM-AUT International Conference on Sustainable Economic Development: Policies and Strategies An introduction to the special issue by Saten Kumar, Rahul Sen & Sougata Poddar
  • Innovative capabilities among SMEs in Malaysian manufacturing: An analysis using firm-level data by Seyed Mehrshad Parvin Hosseini
  • An analysis of the millennium development goal 1: The case of Bangladesh by Mohammad Abdul Hannan Pradhan, Jamalludin Sulaiman & Saidatulakmal Mohd
  • Income convergence dynamics in ASEAN and SAARC blocs by Sakiru Adebola Solarin, Elsadig Musa Ahmed & Jauhari Dahalan
  • Revisiting the institutions–growth nexus in developing countries: The new evidence by Stephen G. Hall & Mahyudin Ahmad
  • Intellectual capital performance and its long-run behavior: The US banking industry case by Sampath Kehelwalatenna & Gamini Premaratne
  • Citation for the award of Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Association of Economists
  • Editor-in-Chief signing off by Mark Holmes

November 2014 AI (#51) includes contributions by Statistics New Zealand

Asymmetric Information Issue 51 Nov 2014

Issue No. 51 November 2014 contents:

  • Editorial
  • An Interview with Caroline Saunders (by Peter Tait)
  • The ‘Five Minute Interview’ (with Gail Pacheco)
  • From the 2B RED File (by Grant Scobie)
  • ‘Frames’ (by Stuart Birks)
  • Blogwatch (by Paul Walker)
  • Fine Lines (by Leo Krippner)
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from consumption in New Zealand (by Corey Allan, Motu)
  • NZEP call for papers
  • National Accounts and Balance of Payments Adopt New International Standards (by Jeff Cope, StatsNZ)
  • Using ‘big data’ to measure prices changes in New Zealand (by Francis Krsinich, StatsNZ)
  • Report from GEN
  • Research in Progress (Canterbury)

August 2014 AI (#50) includes research on growth of NZ towns

Asymmetric Information Issue 50 August 2014

Issue No. 50 August 2014 contents:

  • Editorial
  • An Interview with Bob Buckle (by Norman Gemmell)
  • Citations for new Life Members
  • NZAE Conference 2014
  • From the 2B RED File (by Grant Scobie)
  • ‘Frames’ (by Stuart Birks)
  • Blogwatch (by Paul Walker)
  • Fine Lines (by John Creedy)
  • The Bergstrom Prize Call
  • The Growth of New Zealand Towns (by Anna Robinson)
  • Report from GEN
  • Research in Progress (NZIER)

2014 NZEP Issue 2 a Special Issue on Population Ageing and Long-Run Fiscal Sustainability in New Zealand

The contents of New Zealand Economic Papers, Volume 48, Issue 2, 2014 (available online or by subscription):

  • Population ageing and long-run fiscal sustainability in New Zealand by Robert A. Buckle & John Creedy
  • The requirements for fiscal sustainability in New Zealand by Robert A. Buckle & Amy A. Cruickshank
  • New Zealand’s demographics and population ageing by Geoff Bascand & Kim Dunstan
  • Treasury’s 2013 long-term fiscal statement: Assumptions and projections by Matthew Bell & Paul Rodway
  • Population ageing and productivity: A survey with implications for New Zealand by Ross Guest
  • Population ageing and the growth of income and consumption tax revenue by Christopher Ball & John Creedy
  • Can fiscal drag pay for the public spending effects of population ageing in New Zealand? by John Creedy & Norman Gemmell
  • Social expenditure in New Zealand: Stochastic projections by John Creedy & Kathleen Makale
  • Modelling retirement income in New Zealand by Christopher Ball
  • The growth, equity, and risk implications of different retirement income policies by Andrew Coleman
  • Tax policy with uncertain future costs: Some simple models by Christopher Ball & John Creedy

April 2014 AI (#49) includes four banking lectures by Grimes

Asymmetric Information Issue 49 2014

Issue No. 49 April 2014 contents:

  • Editorial
  • An Interview with Grant Scobie (by Brian Silverstone) – repeat three times ‘Economics is all about incentives; the rest is commentary’.
  • The Five Minute Interview (Sholeh Maani)
  • From the 2B RED File (by Grant Scobie)
  • ‘Frames’ (by Stuart Birks)
  • Blogwatch (by Paul Walker)
  • Fine Lines (by Stephen Knowles)
  • Four Lectures on Banking (by Arthur Grimes)
  • The Integrated Data Infrastructure (Bex Sullivan and Lynsey Hayes)
  • Research in Progress (Auckland University of Technology)

WEAI 11th Pacific Rim Conference 8-11 Jan 2015 in Wellington

The  11th Pacific Rim Conference of the Western Economic Association International (WEAI) will be held 8-11 January 2015 in New Zealand.  The conference website http://weai.org/PR2015 is open for registration and submission of paper abstracts.  NZAE members can participate in this conference; you may wish to go to their website and submit a paper.

Hosted by the Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University at Wellington, and sponsored by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the New Zealand Treasury, the Pacific Rim Conference will include the following Keynote Speakers:

  • Robert Engle, 2003 recipient of The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel,
  • Christopher Sims, 2011 recipient of The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel,
  • David Card, University of California, Berkeley, 2014- 2015 WEAI President-Elect and Program Committee Chair, and recipient of the 1995 John Bates Clark medal.

About WEAI

Formed in 1922, WEAI currently publishes two journals, Economic Inquiry and Contemporary Economic Policy, and holds two conference series, the Annual Conferences and Pacific Rim Conferences.

Call for Papers by 30-Oct-14: Special issue on temporary employment

Many economies have recently experienced a growth in temporary employment within their services sectors, and both the determinants and implications of this phenomenon are of interest to academics and policymakers. Past literature has often suggested that changes in the temporary workforce pool are the result of progressive labour market deregulations and shifting preferences towards increased employment flexibility. Alternatively, it has also been observed that demand for temporary workers is more cyclical in nature (Bentzen, 2012)1. The implications of temporary employment for the productivity, job security and well-being of both temporary and permanent workers are equally important. Specifically, this special issue aims to examine a variety of facets specific to temporary workers, such as (but not limited to) the aforementioned, in order to highlight the key determinants, challenges, concerns and related outcomes of the temporary workforce.to) the aforementioned, in order to highlight the key determinants, challenges, concerns and related outcomes of the temporary workforce.

It is envisaged that the special issue will focus on (but not limited to) key areas relating to:
- Labour market flexibility reforms and implications
- Promotion of the temporary workforce industry
- Cost-Benefit analysis of a two-tiered labour market
- The comparative levels of productivity between temporary and permanent workers
- Levels of job security and well-being associated with temporary employees
- Stakeholder perceptions of non-permanent employees

This special issue is to be guest-edited by Associate Professor Gail Pacheco (email: gail.pacheco@aut.ac.nz) and Professor Tim Maloney (email: tim.maloney@aut.ac.nz) of the Department of Economics, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

The Australian Journal of Labour Economics is a journal published by the Centre for Labour Market Research (CLMR) at University of Canberra, Australia. It is the Official Journal of the Australian Society of Labour Economists and focuses primarily on theoretical and policy related developments with respect to the Australian context. Please note, application to the Australian context is not a criterion for acceptance.

It is requested that submissions be made to Pat Madden (email: patricia.madden@cbs.curtin.edu.au) and that you indicate that you wish your paper to be considered for the special issue on temporary employment. The selection of papers to be included within the edition will follow peer review process, and the final versions of accepted papers must be submitted in a format compatible with MS-Word.

Submission deadline: 30th October 2014
1 Bentzen, E.J. (2012) What Drives the Demand for Temporary Agency Workers? Labour 26(3), 341-355.

Conference on Reflections on 25 Years of Inflation Targeting 1-3 Dec 2014

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act (1989), which granted the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) its independence, introduced price stability as its primary objective, and thus instituted inflation targeting as a monetary policy regime. To mark this occasion, RBNZ and the International Journal of Central Banking (IJCB) are organising a conference on 1‐3 December 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. More

Workshop on Interactions Between Monetary and Macro-prudential Policies 22-Oct-2014

On 22 October the Reserve Bank of New Zealand will host a one-day workshop on interactions between monetary and macro-prudential policies in Wellington, New Zealand. The workshop aims to draw together policy analysis and research that contributes to the debate on the design of monetary and macro-prudential policies. More

2014 History of Economic Thought Society of Australia conference in Auckland 11-12 July

The University of Auckland will host the 2014 HETSA conference in 2014. Registration is open to all those interested in the contest of ideas and the intellectual history of economics. The first conference session will be scheduled for Friday 11 July at 9am. More