Brian Easton to present NIDEA Seminar in Hamilton 27-Mar-2014

The Long Term Prospects for Health Spending

Dr Brian Easton, Economic and Social Trust on New Zealand

ABSTRACT: Last year the Treasury released its long term fiscal projections which look up to 40 years out. Although initially the big concern was demographic change and New Zealand superannuation, it soon became clear that a major issue was public sector health spending. Brian, who was on the group advising the Treasury on the projections, will explain the population and health projections and outline what they might mean for public policy. The projections are at

BIO: Dr Brian Easton has had a long involvement in health economics and in economic forecasting (and has made occasional forays into demographic analysis). He is currently writing a history of New Zealand from an economic perspective .which includes an account of the history of the health system and which is heavily dependent on the analysis of population change (especially where the economic data are deficient). Brian is Research Associate of the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis and an Honorary Fellow of the Wellington School of Medicine of the University of Otago. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Chartered Statistician, and a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and a Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Economic Association.

When: Thursday 27th March 2014, 1.10. – 2.00 pm

Where: I.1.05 For more information please contact Professor Jacques Poot (

Seminar website

December 2012 NZEP Special Issue focuses on Quality of Life Research in Economics

The contents of New Zealand Economic Papers, Volume 46, Issue 3, December 2012 (available online or by subscription):

  • Quality of Life Research in Economics
  • Valuing Australia’s protected areas: A life satisfaction approach
  • A living standards approach to public policy making
  • An empirical investigation into the determinants of life satisfaction in New Zealand
  • Fractionalization and well-being: Evidence from a new South African data set
  • Well-being of women in New Zealand: The changing landscape
  • Microfinance in developed economies: A case study of the NILS programme in Australia and New Zealand
  • Telecommunications investment and economic growth in ASEAN5: An assessment from UECM
  • Citation for the award of Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Association of Economists: Stephen Turnovsky
  • Citation for the award of Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Association of Economists: Leslie Young
  • NZEP Editorial Board 2012

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