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Topics and Topic Co-ordinators

This conference hosted by ESAM and the NZ Association of Economists will cover the traditional ESAM topics of economic theory, microeconomics, econometrics, etc, but will also host keynote addresses and contributed paper sessions on the themes listed on the Home Page to commemorate the career of Bill Phillips and the 50th anniversary of his famous 1958 Economica paper.  The following table lists the various topics and the coordinators of each topic.

Bob Buckle Programme Chair
John Gibson Programme Chair
John McDermott The Phillips Curve 50 Years On
Viv Hall Stabilisation Policy and Policy Modelling
Gary Hawke Institutions and Economic Performance
Ian King Migration, Diaspora and Human Capital
Warwick McKibbin China: Implications for the World
Nicholas Barr
Robert Leeson
Brian Silverstone
AWH Phillips: Memories and Reflections on his Contribution to Economics
Phillip McCann Innovation and Technology
Rohan Pitchford Microeconomics
Rohan Pitchford International Trade and I/O
Rohan Pitchford Game Theory and Auction Theory
John Gibson Experimental Economics
John Gibson Development and Applied Microeconomics
John Gibson
Nicholas Barr
Public Economics
Basil Sharp Environmental and Resource Economics
Dean Hyslop Labour Economics: Theory and Applied
Sholeh Maani Education and Skill Effects
Glenn Boyle Finance: Asset Pricing and Empirical Finance
Bill Griffiths Microeconometrics
Bill Griffiths Bayesian Econometrics
Bill Griffiths
Les Oxley
John Gibson
Econometric Theory
Les Oxley Time Series Econometrics
Stephen Turnovsky Economic Growth
Viv Hall
Ian King

Publication of Proceedings

Authors will have the opportunity to submit accepted conference papers for potential publication in several journals.

Economica will publish a selection of keynote presentations either as a special issue or as a group within a regular issue.

North American Journal of Economics and Finance will publish a special issue containing a selection of contributed papers.

New Zealand Economic Papers will publish a selection of contributed papers either as a special issue or in regular issues.

Journal of Economic Surveys will publish a selection of contributed papers in its regular issues.

Authors of contributed papers have the opportunity to indicate that they wish their paper to be considered by one of these journals when they submit a paper.

Other conferences in honour of AWH Phillips

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will hold a conference “Understanding Inflation and the Implications for Monetary Policy: A Phillips Curve Retrospective” on 9-11 June 2008 at the Wequassett Inn, Chatham, Massachusetts, USA. The conference is by invitation only.

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy  held a symposium “The Phillips Curve and the Natural Rate of Unemployment“on 3-4 June 2007.

Other Conferences

The 16th Annual Conference on Pacific Basin Finance, Economics, Accounting and Management will be held at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia, on 2-4 July 2008.

The 2008 Far Eastern and South Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society will be held at Singapore Management University, Singapore on 16-18 July 2008.

The Econometic Society Australia Meeting 2009 (ESAM09) will be hosted on 7-10 July 2009, by the School of Economics in the College of Business and Economics at The Australian National University.

The 2009 NZAE Conference will mark the 50th birthday of the New Zealand Association of Economists and will be held on 1-3 July 2009 in Wellington at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel.

Social Programme for Phillips 2008

LSE Alumni Reception

Hosted by the Wellington LSE Alumni Group

Date:  Tuesday 8 July, 2008
Venue:  Reserve Bank Museum, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, 2 The Terrace, Wellington
Tickets:  $40.00 per person includes all food, drinks and entertainment

The Wellington LSE alumni group invites all LSE alumni, current and former staff and their partners attending the Phillips symposium to a gala reception on the evening of Tuesday 8 July, 2008.

This will be a great opportunity to network with LSE alumni from New Zealand and celebrate the life of Bill Phillips.

The reception will be held in the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Museum which holds a working version of Bill Phillip’s Moniac machine.  Other memorabilia of Bill Phillip’s life will also be on display.

Refreshments and food will be available and entertainment will be provided.  Tickets are $40.00 and are payable with symposium registration.

LSE Archives & the Phillips Papers

The Archives Division of the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Sciencehas recently moved its collection of Phillips’ papers out of its Miscellaneous Collections series and renamed it the Phillips papers. The L.S.E. Archives would welcome contributions to its holdings on Phillips. The following types of material would all be potentially valuable additions to the collection: correspondence, reminiscences of Phillips from colleagues, students and friends, lecture notes from classes or seminars, photographs etc. (L.S.E. Archives does not normally collect published materials (including press cuttings) or  photocopies  of  documents, so these latter types of material are unlikely to be of interest.) Please email with details before sending materials so that the staff can assess their suitability for the collection.

Welcome Reception

Date:  Wednesday 9 July
Time:  5.30pm – 7.00pm
Venue:  Renouf Foyer, Wellington Convention Centre
Delegate:  One ticket is included in the full registration fee
Guest ticket:  $45.00

Your first opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones from amongst the Conference delegates.

Conference Dinner

Date:  Thursday 10 July
Time:  7.30pm
Venue:  Wellington Town Hall
Tickets:  $125.00 per person includes all food, drinks and entertainment

Join colleagues for dinner. The evening speaker is Dr Alan Bollard, Governor, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, New Zealand speaking on Bill Phillips: Memories and Reflections on his Contribution to Economics.

The following prizes will be presented at the dinner:

•     The Frisch Medal
•     The Jan Whitwell Prize
•     NZIER/NZAE Poster Prize Award
•     UTS Teaching Award

Phillips Farm Tour

Date:  Saturday 12 July

Cost:  NZ$225 per person

Details of the day tour are as follows:

7.30am   Depart Wellington travelling through the city’s western suburbs around Porirua Harbour and the rugged Paekakariki shoreline to the Kapiti Coast.  Pass through the townships of Waikanae and Otaki before turning inland at Levin across the Manawatu Plains to Palmerston North where a brief morning tea stop is made.  Continue north through the Manawatu Gorge into the northern Wairarapa.  Time permitting, you will get a close up view of the Tararua Wind farm turbines before arriving at the Phillips Farm around 11.00am for a 90-minute farm visit.

12.30pm  Depart the farm for the iconic Tui Brewery at Mangatainoka where lunch is included.

2.15pm    Depart the brewery heading south through the Wairarapa Region centres of Woodville, Pahiatua and Masterton to the area around Martinborough in the southern Wairarapa, renowned for its fine wine production.  Visits will be made to two vineyards for wine tastings before returning to Wellington over the Rimutaka Range and through the Hutt Valley.

7.00 pm   Arrive back in Wellington.


  • Travel by modern air-conditioned tour coach with the services of an experienced driver who will give an English language commentary.
  • Tour guide
  • Lunch
  • 2 Winery visits with a tour and tastings
  • GST at 12.5%

Not included:-

  • Morning tea
  • Farm visit costs
  • Gratuities

The running of this tour is subject to minimum numbers.


If you would like to book the Phillips Farm Tour, please email: and quote your ID number to book by Friday 27 June 2008.


Payment by credit card is required on booking, if you have provided credit card details to pay for your registration, this card will be changed.

If you have paid by other means of payment, please fax credit card details by Friday 27 June 2008 to +64 9 360 1242 Attn. Phillips Farm Tour and quote your ID number.