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Past Events



2015 Public Finance debate series

 From April to June, the Government Economics Network and Chair in Public Finance hosted a series of debates on topical public finance issues:

Debate 1: Today’s policy settings unfairly favour the baby boomer generation
Debate 2: Economic evidence should play a greater role in health policy evaluation
Debate 3: The ‘investment approach’ provides a helpful new tool for public spending policy and evaluation



The 2014 Public Finance Great Festive Debate
This House Believes the Christmas Extravaganza is a Waste of Time and Money

The Chair in Public Finance and Government Economics Network hosted a topical festive debate on the deadwight loss of Christmas. Eric Crampton (Head of Research, New Zealand Initiative) and Patrick Nolan (Principal Advisor, New Zealand Producitivity Commission) argued for the motion that the Christmas Extravaganza was a waste of time and money. However, they were ultimately defeated, through audience vote, by Bronwyn Croxson (Chief Economist, Ministry of Health) and Anne-Marie Brook (Principal Advisor, Treasury), who argued against this assertion.

Debate slides are available to view now.


 Pre-Election Public Lectures (1 and 2 Sept 2014)

In the run up to the 2014 General Election on 20 September, the Chair in Public Finance is please to host two Pre-election Public Lectures on the state of the Government's finances after the election, by the Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Hon Bill English and Labour's Finance Spokesperson Hon David Parker.

Tax Administration in the 21st Century Conference 2014 (12 and 13 June)

June 2014: Hosted by Inland Revenue, The Treasury and the Chair in Public Finance,this two day conference explored issues around making tax easier, reducing the costs of administration and compliance, all while maintaining key objectives such as efficiency and fairness.

See the conference website for further information, working papers and footage.


Pre-Budget Event: "My 2014 Budget" (12 May)

 The Chair in Public Finance at Victoria University and New Zealand Institute of Economic Research hosted a half day seminar, which provided:

  • A guide from Treasury officials on how to understand and interpret the voluminous Budget documents produced for Budget day
  • Insights into how the Budget process works – from initial ideas to Budget Day delivery
  • Presentations from three leading New Zealand Budget stakeholders on how they would structure their 2014 Budget to deliver a better future for New Zealand.

Presenters included:

  •  Phil O’Reilly, chief executive, BusinessNZ
  •  Brian Fallow, economics editor at The New Zealand Herald
  •  Stuart Nash, former Labour MP and spokesperson for Revenue; Labour candidate for Napier in the up-coming election

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Public Finance Debates (Oct-Dec)
Long Term Fiscal External Panel (11 Apr)
Summer Scholar Seminar (20 Mar)
Prof Alan Auerbach Public Lecture (12 Mar)
Long Term Fiscal External Panel (11 Mar)

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Public Finance Debates (Aug - Nov)
Long Term Fiscal External Panel (Aug - Nov)
Affording Our Future Conference (Dec 10-11)

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