NZAE Conference 2012

The 53rd Annual Conference will be held at the Convention Centre in Palmerston North on 27-29th June 2012.


53rd New Zealand Association of Economists Annual Conference

Palmerston North Convention Centre, Palmerston North

27-29 June 2012

Conference papers
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Registration for the 53nd New Zealand Association of Economists annual conference is now open.

Download the programme here (PDF 240KB).

View and download the Conference papers here

We encourage you to register early to take advantage of our Early-Bird rates. Registration is on-line, and the form can be accessed directly by clicking on the following link:

Online registration

Important dates to note are:

  • Thursday 10 May                          Early-bird registration closes
  • Thursday 14 June                         Standard registration closes
  • Wednesday 27 June                     Conference begin

Registration prices are as follows:

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Friday (half day)




Please note that attendance at the conference dinner is not included in the above costs, and will be an additional $65 per person.  Accommodation must be booked separately by individual delegates. Some options are suggested below.

Payment is available online via credit card, or invoices can be requested.

For further information, contact details are at bottom of page.


Information about the 2012 CONFERENCE

  • The 2012 Conference is taking place at the Palmerston North Conference Centre at 354 Main Street in Palmerston North.
  • This year’s keynote speakers and the titles of their talks are

                   Professor Lutz Kilian, University of Michigan

                            “Speculation in Oil Markets?

                   Professor Jacques Poot, University of Waikato

                            “Learning from the flood of findings: meta-analysis in economics

                   Professor Stephen Turnovsky, University of Washington

                            “Inequality and Growth:  What are the Tradeoffs?

                   Professor Leslie Young, Chinese University of Hong Kong,

                            “Mismanaging Complexity: Fat Tails versus Fat Heads

  • The conference starts at 9:00 on Wednesday 27 June, and finishes after lunch at 1:30 on Friday 29 June.
  • After the final session on Wednesday 27 June, there will be a welcome function at the conference centre jointly hosted by the NZAE and Massey University. Admission to this is free, but, for planning purposes, we ask for registrants to indicate on the on-line registration form if they will be attending.
  • The conference dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 28 June, at the Hotel Coachman on Fitzherbert Street. The Hotel Coachman is about 10 minutes walk from the conference centre.
  • There are several hotel and motels close to the conference centre. We have reserved rates at the following two hotels:

                   Travelodge Palmerston North Hotel:

Travelodge have guaranteed a rate of $130/night ($148 with breakfast) for conference delegates as long as rooms are available. Quote the NZAE when booking by phone. Lower rates, however, may be available by internet booking if the bookings are made well in advance.

                   Hotel Coachman

The Hotel Coachman has reserved 30 standard rooms for the conference, at $136 per night. Please mention NZAE when booking to receive this rate.

  • There is free WiFi in the centre of Palmerston North. Coverage is unlikely to extend into the hotels, but is available in cafés around the central square. There is a limit of 100mb per month per device. See here for details.
  • In addition, all delegates will have full complimentary wireless access at the conference centre.


Final Call for Papers
53rd New Zealand Association of Economists Annual Conference
To be held at the Palmerston North Convention Centre
27 June – 29 June 2012

Extended period for submission: Abstracts are now due by Wednesday, 4 April


The New Zealand Association of Economists is calling for papers for its 53rd Annual Conference, to be held at the Palmerston North Convention Centre.

The deadline for submission of papers to the 2012 Conference has been extended to Wednesday 4 April. Abstracts can be submitted here.

Registration for the conference is now open. Registration can be done online here.

Submitters wishing to organise full sessions can indicate so on the on-line submission form, or can contact the organisers directly.

As in recent years, submitters are asked to submit a 1,000-word abstract of their papers. Submissions will be quality-assured on the basis of the abstracts, which will also be used to ration the limited spaces for oral presentations. To be considered as quality assured, a full paper must be submitted by 14 June.

At the 2012 conference, there will be a limited number of sessions with discussants. Submitters wishing to have their papers included in a discussant session are required to be available to act as a discussant in another session if required, and to have their full paper submitted by 7 June.

The conference will also feature an expanded poster session. Submissions not judged suitable for oral presentations may be included in the poster session. Poster presentations may also be appropriate for work in progress and student research.

Important dates are:

Monday, 26 March 2012
Conference registration opens
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Abstracts due
By Thursday, 19 April 2012
Notification of acceptances
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Early-bird registration closes
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Full papers due (discussed sessions and prize entries)
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Full papers due (all other quality-assured papers)

As always, papers on any topics in economics are welcome. Submissions from new and emerging researchers, government and private sector economists are especially encouraged.

Please address conference enquiries to:

Dr Seamus Hogan Lea Boodée
NZAE Organising Committee Conference Administrator
Department of Economics and Finance onCue Conferences + Events
University of Canterbury 63 Trafalgar Street
Private Bag 4800 PO Box 1193
Christchurch, 8140 Nelson
Phone: 64 3 364-2524 Phone: 64 3 546-6330
Fax: 64 3 352-2625 Fax: 64 3 929 5512
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