NZARES-NZAE Joint ECR Virtual Workshop 2023

We are pleased to announce that NZARES and NZAE organize the first-ever Early Career Researcher (ECR) workshop this year on September 6, 2023. We define Early Career Researchers (ECR) as students at the undergraduate (honours), graduate (honours or masters), or post-graduate level and scholars within 5 years of receiving their Ph.D. This workshop offers a platform for ECRs to connect, receive feedback on their work, and build connections, albeit virtually. The ECRs focusing on agricultural economics, resource economics, environmental economics, development economics, farm management, agricultural systems, agricultural extension, and food marketing are encouraged to submit extended abstracts of their ongoing research. The day-long workshop will be divided into three parts. Part one will comprise a keynote presentation by Dr. Ana Manero, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, highlighting the Opportunities and Challenges of publishing as an ECR. Part two will have three consecutive sessions with contributed papers. Each accepted paper will be allocated 15 minutes for presentation, followed by 5 minutes of questions and discussion. Part 3 will conclude with a panel discussion on the future of publishing academic papers and AGM of NZARES for 2023.

The organizing committee cordially invites interested students and scholars to submit their extended abstracts to by July 14, 2023, at 5:00 PM NZST. Authors will be informed about the acceptance of their submission by August 7, 2023. A 350-words extended abstract is required in the following format:

  1. Motivation/problem statement
  2. Purpose/Research Question(s)
  3. Method(s)
  4. Findings
  5. Policy Implications

We will award two prizes for the best presentation; NZD 1,000 for the best presenter and NZD 500 for the first-time presenter enrolled in an NZ University.

Organizing Committee:

  • Assoc. Prof. Nazmun N. Ratna, Lincoln University
  • Prof. Peter Tozer, Massey University
  • Meike Guenther, Lincoln University
  • Assoc. Prof. Dennis Wesselbaum, University of Otago

2021 NZAE Virtual PhD Workshop

This initiative continues the tradition started with the Inaugural NZ Virtual PhD Workshop that was held in Sept 2020, when repeated lockdowns and disruptions to travel persisted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud to offer another virtual edition of this PhD workshop, this time to take place in late Oct 2021. We look forward to lots of discussions around research, to high-quality presentations, and to welcoming guest speakers and panellists once more. Please join us for this event and do submit your work for inclusion in the program. We welcome participants interested in all facets of economics, from academia, public and private sectors alike.

This event is endorsed by the New Zealand Association of Economists (NZAE) and the Best Paper and the Best Presentation Prizes are generously sponsored by the NZAE Education Trust (*).

(*) Prizes for the best paper and the best presentation can only be granted to PhD students based in New Zealand.

For further information, please see here.

Treasury Guest lecture by Pacheco and Stevens 25 June 2021

Guest Lecturers: Prof. Gail Pacheco and Dr. Philip Stevens

Productivity by the numbers



Productivity matters for wellbeing. Achieving higher productivity – producing more with what we have (people, knowledge, skills, produced capital, and natural resources) – means there is more to go around for current and future generations. Yet New Zealand’s productivity record is poor. At this lecture, the New Zealand Productivity Commission will look at the relationship between productivity and wellbeing, dig into the numbers behind New Zealand’s ailing productivity, and look at priority actions to lift New Zealand’s productivity.

Following the lecture will be a discussion with panellists Simon Wakeman from Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Bryan Chapple from the Treasury.

About the presenter

Prof. Gail Pacheco, Commissioner at the New Zealand Productivity Commission and Director of the NZ Work Research Institute at AUT

Gail is an applied econometrician with a passion for evidence-based analysis, particularly in the labour and health fields. Gail has extensive experience leading large-scale, multi-institutional funded projects, focused on research with high policy-relevance. Evidence of the policy impact of her work is highlighted by being the 2018 recipient of the NZIER Economics Award that recognises “outstanding contributions to the advancement of economics and its applications in NZ”. In 2019, she also received the AUT Medal (AUT’s top award) for her research, scholarship and application of integrated data to help inform social policy and wellbeing.

Dr. Philip Stevens, Economics & Research Director, New Zealand Productivity Commission

Philip is an economist with twenty-years’ experience of economic and social research in the university, independent and public sectors. Philip has published in leading peer-reviewed international journals on subjects such as: productivity analysis; employment; competition; evaluation; the measurement of performance in the public sector; broadband; R&D and human capital.

More information

Read the Commission’s publication: Productivity by the numbers

Date: Friday 25th June 2021

VenueLevel 3, The Treasury, 1 The Terrace, Wellington

Time10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

RSVP for in-person attendance:

by Wednesday 23rd June 2021
Please RSVP with your name

RBNZ Macroeconomics Workshop 22 June 2021

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand and The Treasury are pleased to announce a workshop on fiscal and monetary policy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The workshop will take place 22 June – at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and remotely.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together the New Zealand macroeconomic research community to discuss recent innovative analysis and the outlook for macroeconomic policy.

Dr Caralee McLiesh (Chief Executive and Secretary to the Treasury) and Professor Eric Leeper (Paul Goodloe McIntire Professor in Economics at the University of Virginia) will deliver keynote addresses.

Presented papers will cover issues including:
Enhancing the role of fiscal policy in macro stabilisation
Estimating fiscal multipliers
Fiscal consolidation scenarios for NZ
Distributional effects of monetary policy
The welfare implications of a dual mandate for monetary policy    

You can find more details and how to register, at the Reserve Bank of NZ website.

Early 2021 economic seminars

Presentations planned by various parties can be found at individual websites listed at

Some early in 2021 include:

  • Friday 31 January. Mikael Elinder of Uppsala University, Sweden on “Smart and Generous” at University of Otago in Dunedin
  • Tuesday 9 February. LEANZ presentations on “Resource Management Review Panel Recommendations for RMA Reform” at Bell Gully in Auckland
  • Friday 12 February. Girol Karacaoglu on “Public Policy for Intergenerational Wellbeing” at The Treasury in Wellington – more info
  • Monday 15 February. LEANZ presentations on “Resource Management Review Panel Recommendations for RMA Reform” at Bell Gully in Wellington

Please approach individual organisations for further details.

Inaugural New Zealand Virtual PhD Workshop 17-18 Sep 2020

This initiative was conceived during the lockdown period New Zealand – and the rest of the world – experienced, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many academic activities moved online and to a virtual space, including many research events. It seemed appropriate to think about how to ensure that important research conversations keep going, while socially distancing, also and especially within the community of students enrolled in a PhD program in economics at any of the NZ universities, who might otherwise find themselves even more isolated as a result of the ongoing travel restrictions limiting the opportunities for interactions and research exchange. We welcome participants interested in all facets of economics, from academia, public and private sectors alike.

Registration and Zoom link at

Call for 2020 NZ PhD Economics Workshop Papers by 14-Aug

Call for Papers
2020 New Zealand Virtual PhD Workshop

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the first New Zealand Virtual PhD Workshop endorsed by the New Zealand Association of Economists will take place on Friday, September 18, 2020.

The COVID-19 crisis has many negative effects, but also leads to innovative concepts and allows us to use unexploited technologies. By using online communication platforms, we can broaden participation and achieve a greater diversity of voices.

The aim of this Workshop is to promote the exchange of ideas among PhD students conducting research in all fields of economics. The Workshop offers a platform for young economists to connect, build networks, and receive feedback.

The Workshop will take place using Zoom (live streaming). Each accepted paper will be allocated 20-minutes for its presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

We cordially invite PhD students and PostDocs to send an extended abstract or full paper to: by August 14, 2020. Authors will be informed about the acceptance of their submission by the end of August
With generous support by the NZAE Education Trust, we will award a prize ($300) for the best paper and a prize ($200) for the best presentation. To be eligible for the full paper award, a full paper is required by the submission deadline. Only currently enrolled PhD students are eligible for the prizes.

We are looking forward to seeing you online!

Simona Fabrizi (University of Auckland)
Andrea Menclova (University of Canterbury)
Dennis Wesselbaum (University of Otago)

pdf copy of notice

Early seminars in 2020

Treasury in Wellington hosts Kevin Fox, Professor and Director of Centre for Applied Economic Research, UNSW Business School, Sydney 4 February 2020, discussing “The Digital Economy, Welfare and Productivity Growth“.

Massey University in Palmerston North hosts local Senior Lecturer Kim Hang Pham Do 5 February 2020, discussing “Does tourism improve the community’s well-being in Marine Protected Areas?“.

Motu in Wellington hosts Kevin Rennert, Fellow and Director, Social Cost of Carbon Initiative, Resources for the Future, United States 13 February 2020, discussing “Improving Estimates of the Social Cost of Carbon, and the Status of State and Federal Climate Policy in the United States“.

Otherwise check the web pages of each institution, listed here, in early 2020 for updates.

Registration closing soon for the 9th NZ Macroeconomic Dynamics Workshop

Victoria University of WellingtonThe School of Economics and Finance invites you to attend the 9th NZ Macroeconomic Dynamics Workshop 2019.

See the FINAL PROGRAMME attached. There is no registration fee to attend but for catering purposes please register with Numa Fonoti ( no later than Friday, 19 April 2019 and include any special dietary requirements.
8.45am – 5.00pm

Friday 26 April, 2019

RHMZ03, Mezzanine Level, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus

23 Lambton Quay

Register now by clicking below and completing your details
Register Now

For other forthcoming events across institutions, see lists here.

GEN 2018 conference 9 Nov 2018

Improving peoples’ lives through effective policy

Ensuring policies are effective and achieve the desired impacts is harder than it seems. The conference will explore how economic analysis can help us to advise governments on the best ways to improve the quality of peoples’ lives.

Conference website

Canterbury scientific integrity workshop 26-Oct-18

There is more and more evidence that findings from many scientific studies cannot be reproduced, casting doubt on the reliability of these studies. This will be discussed at a ‘Reproducibility and Integrity in Scientific Research’ workshop, University of Canterbury, October 26, 2018. Registration details at

General presentations in Feb-Apr 2018 include

A selection of forthcoming presentations/seminars/conferences includes the following. These and further events are reported within individual websites listed under General Presentations.

General presentations in Sep-Oct 2017 include

A selection of forthcoming presentations/seminars/conferences includes:

  • Beyond Social Investment” Summit, 8 September 2017, Auckland University
  • “Long-run indicators of sustainable development” seminar by Nick Hanley of the University St Andrews, 22 September, Otago University (Dunedin)
  • “Inter-industry Analysis of Structure and Performance: Evidence from New Zealand” seminar by Rashid Ameer of Institute of the Pacific United, 4 October 2017, Massey University (Palmerston North)
  • “Towards a Framework for Macroprudential Policy seminar, Professor Prasanna Gai of Auckland University, 25 October 2017, The Treasury (Wellington)

These and further events are reported within individual websites listed under General Presentations

Transport Economics Knowledge Hub seminar in May 2017

The Ministry of Transport and Transport Economics Knowledge Hub invite you to:

The costs and benefits of urban development: Theory and evidence by Peter Nunns

Transport that serves urban and economic development by Chris Parker

Time and date: 10:00am to 11:30am, Friday 19 May 2017

Venue: Grant Thornton Building, Level 13, 215 Lambton Quay, Wellington

RSVP: (by Monday 15 May 2017)


The costs and benefits of urban development: Theory and evidence

An important question for urban planning is where and when there is a case to limit development to manage the potential for market failure. However, there have been relatively few attempts to comprehensively compare the costs of restricting development with the various positive and negative externalities that are managed by doing so. This paper attempts to fill that gap. In doing so, it identifies how it would be possible to raise wellbeing by enabling more competitive, responsive urban development markets. To close, it asks whether alternative policy mechanisms are needed to efficiently enable urban development while appropriately addressing market failure.

Transport that serves urban and economic development

Chris will briefly cover his earlier research on how to generalise transport economic appraisals to capture their effects on land use through urban and economic development. He’ll first frame this up with Coase’s critique against the marginalist approach to economics. Finally he’ll explain how and why the transport sector should broaden its horizons and deeply engage with any reforms associated with the Productivity Commission’s Better Urban Planning inquiry.

About the speakers

Peter is Principal Economist at MRCagney, a transport and urban planning consultancy with offices in Auckland, Brisbane, and Melbourne. His current work includes development of business cases for several major transport projects in Auckland, including the Northwestern Busway and the 2018-2028 cycling programme, and the implementation of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity.

Chris is Principal Advisor at Treasury covering housing and building environments. He was Chief Economist at Auckland Council, and before then specialised in transport economics and appraisal when at NZIER and Hyder Consulting.



Financial Markets and Corporate Governance Conference 20-21 April 2017 at Victoria



 Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

 CONFERENCE: 20 & 21 April 2017             PHD SYMPOSIUM: 19 April 2017 


You are invited to submit papers for presentation at the 8th Conference on Financial Markets and Corporate Governance to be held on Thursday, 20th and Friday, 21st April 2017 at the Victoria Business School, Rutherford House, Bunny Street, Wellington.

The theme for the conference is Information and Capital Markets and papers on all aspects of Corporate Governance, Financial Reporting, Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Investments and Funds Management, Emerging Markets, and related areas are welcome. The deadline for submissions is 28 November 2016.


Professor Katherine Schipper

Thomas F. Keller Professor of Accounting

Fuqua School of Business

Duke University


Professor Peter Clarkson

Professor of Accounting

UQ Business School

University of Queensland

Professor Richard Roll

Linde Institute Professor of Finance,

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences



Professor Renee Adams

Commonwealth Bank Chair in Finance

School of Banking and Finance

University of New South Wales


Pacific Basin Finance Journal will run a special conference issue of the journal and all presenters at the conference are invited to consider submitting their papers to the special issue. Pacific Basin Finance Journal, published by Elsevier, provides a specialised forum for the publication of academic research on capital markets.


Accounting Research Journal is offering an award of AUD1,000 for the best paper presented at the conference or symposium by an emerging scholar.

Securities Research Centre of Asia-Pacific (SIRCA) is offering an award of AUD1,000 for the best paper presented at the conference employing SIRCA data products.


The conference will be preceded by a PhD symposium on Wednesday, 19 April 2017. The symposium will provide PhD students with the opportunity to present their proposal or a working paper and receive expert feedback on their academic work. Students may submit working papers in the same subject areas as covered by the conference.


The conference and PhD symposium are being hosted by Victoria University of Wellington (School of Accounting and Commercial Law, School of Economics and Finance, Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research), in conjunction with the Department of Banking and Finance, Monash Business School, Monash University, and La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University.

Further information on submission of papers and all other aspects of the conference and PhD symposium is available at:


NZAE PhD Student Workshop 11 July 2017

The New Zealand Association of Economists is pleased to introduce its first PhD Student Workshop in Economics.  At this workshop, PhD students have the opportunity to present their work in progress in a friendly environment and receive feedback from academics and peers.  In doing so, students will meet members of the broader New Zealand Economics community. As well as networking with other PhD students, there may also be the opportunity to meet senior Economists and discuss career options with a postgraduate degree.

Students will not be able to present the same workshop paper at an oral session at the NZAE conference which takes place later that week. However, they will be strongly encouraged to present their workshop paper concurrently as a poster in the main conference – and present a revised version in an oral session in subsequent years.

For whom: PhD students in Economics who are either New Zealand-based or are New Zealand students studying abroad.  Preference will be given to PhD students in the first two years of their studies who register for the NZAE conference.

When: July 11th, 2017

Where: RBNZ, Wellington

A call for papers will be sent out in February 2017.