Victoria professor named Economist of the Year

Above: Michael Walls, Chair of the NZIER Board, awarding the
2012 NZIER Economics Award to Norman Gemmell at the NZIER AGM.

Each year, an independent panel selected by the New Zealand Institute for Economic Research (NZIER) considers nominations for the NZIER economics award.

On 28 August, 2012, the Institute announced the 2012 recipient of the award as Norman Gemmell, Professor of Public Finance at Victoria Business School.

Victoria University's news bulletin VicNews reported the event as follows:

"Chair in Public Finance at the Victoria Business School, Professor Norman Gemmell, was named recipient of the 2012 New Zealand Institute of Economics Research (NZIER) Economics Award, on 28th August, 2012.

Professor Gemmell, who joined Victoria University’s School of Accounting and Commercial Law in 2011, received the award for excellence in economics of relevance to New Zealand.

When presenting the award the NZIER noted Professor Gemmell’s contribution to international literature on fiscal policy, as well as his role in establishing the Government Economics Network in 2010 while inaugural Chief Economist at Treasury. He was also recognised for his taxation and public finance research of significance to New Zealand and his contribution to policy-making in New Zealand including his involvement in the 2009 Victoria University conference on tax policy which led to the creation of the successful Tax Working Group.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce Professor Bob Buckle says the award indicates the significant impact and benefit Professor Gemmell’s research, policy and public engagement activities have had on public finance policy in New Zealand.

“A standout feature of Professor Gemmell’s work has been his ability to make significant contributions to international research on public finance and to bring those skills and insights to bear on important contemporary policy concerns. His important contributions during his time at Treasury and during the Tax Working Group process are examples of this.”

Professor Gemmell is the inaugural Chair in Public Finance at Victoria University, a position funded by Treasury, the Inland Revenue Department, the Ministry of Social Development and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He joins other distinguished former and current Victoria staff members and alumni who have received the NZIER Economics Award including the late Sir Frank Holmes, Dr Roderick Deane, Emeritus Professor Gary Hawke, Professor Lew Evans, Professor Peter Lloyd, Roger Kerr and Professor Bob Buckle."

Citation of the NZIER Economics Award 2012

Norman Gemmell's acceptance speech