Victoria Business School

Prof Bob Buckle

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce
Victoria Business School

Phone: 04 463 5822
Location: Room 1209, Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Pipitea Campus

Prof Bob Buckle

Personal History

Professor Buckle is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce in the Victoria Business School (Faculty of Commerce) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, a position he has held since February 2008. Bob joined Victoria University in 1981 after several years in the corporate sector and policy and research institutes. He has held several academic positions, and was Head of the School of Economics and Finance at Victoria University of Wellington in the late 1990s.  His research and teaching has been in economics and particularly in the fields of macroeconomics, business cycles, growth and fiscal policy. He has also been a visiting economist at several overseas universities, research institutes, and international policy organisations. 

Professor Buckle has also held several public policy and advisory positions.  Immediately prior to taking up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean at Victoria University of Wellington, he was a Principal Adviser at the New Zealand Treasury from 2000 to early 2008. In 2007 and 2008 he was Chair of the Economic Committee of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. In 2009 he was Chair of the Government appointed Tax Working Group, which reviewed New Zealand’s tax system and influenced the 2010 New Zealand taxation reforms.  In 2012 he was Chair of the External Panel for the Treasury Long-Term Fiscal Statement. He is on the Advisory Board of several university research centres and was a member of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Board for the Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business from 2012 to 2015. He is a life member and former President of the New Zealand Association of Economists. In 2003 he was awarded NZIER New Zealand ‘Economist of the Year’ and in 2010 was a recipient of the Victoria University of Wellington award for Public Contribution. Bob was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2014 New Year New Zealand Honours for contributions to business and education.


As Pro Vice-Chancellor, Bob is a member of the Victoria University of Wellington Senior Leadership Team and manages the Victoria Business School (Faculty of Commerce), which includes management responsibility for the Heads of the Schools of Accounting and Commercial Law, Economics and Finance, Government, Information Management, Management, and Marketing and International Business.  In this role as Pro Vice-Chancellor, he is also responsible for the strategic development of the Faculty and participation in all strategy development and implementation activities for the University. 

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Selection of Recent Publications and Presentations

Journal Articles

'Population ageing and long-run fiscal sustainability in New Zealand' (with John Creedy), New Zealand Economic Papers, 48, 2 (2014), pp. 105-110. 

'The requirements for fiscal sustainability in New Zealand' (with Amy A. Cruickshank), New Zealand Economic Papers, 48, 2 (2014), pp. 111-128. 

Tax policy reform New Zealand style', New Zealand Economic Papers, 44 (2), August 2010, pp. 129-136.

'Asia-Pacific growth before and after the global financial crisis', Policy Quarterly, 5 (4), November 2009, pp. 36-45.

'APEC moves behind-the-border: Evidence that structural reform will hasten income convergence in the Asia-Pacific region' (with Amy Cruickshank), Agenda, 15 (4), December 2008, pp. 19-34.

'A structural VAR business cycle model for a volatile small open economy' (with Kunhong Kim, Heather Kirkham, Nathan McLellan and Jared Sharma), Economic Modelling, 24, November 2007, pp. 990-1017.

'Consumption-smoothing in a small, cyclically volatile open economy: Evidence from New Zealand' (with Kunhong Kim, Viv B. Hall), Journal of International Money and Finance, 25 (8), December 2006, pp. 1277-1295.

'Markov switching models for GDP growth in a small open economy: The New Zealand experience' (with David Haugh and Peter Thomson), Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis, 1 (2), 2004, pp. 227-257.

'Calm after the storm?: Supply-side contributions to New Zealand's GDP volatility decline' (with David Haugh and Peter Thomson), New Zealand Economic Papers, 37 (2), 2003, pp. 217-243.

'Inflation and asymmetric price adjustment' (with John Carlson), The Review of Economics and Statistics, 82 (1), 2000, pp. 157-160.

'Menu costs, firm size and price rigidity (with John Carlson), Economics Letters, 66 (1), 2000, pp. 59-63.

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Other Recent Publications and Presentations

'The Requirements for Long-Run Fiscal Sustainability' (with Amy A. Cruickshank), Treasury Working Paper 13/20, July 2013, pp. 47.

'Policy Development and the Role of the Long-Term Fiscal External Panel', paper and presentation to the Affording Our Future Conference, Wellington, 10-11 December 2012.

'The Requirements for Long-Run Fiscal Sustainability', paper and presentation to the Affording Our Future Conference, Wellington, 10-11 December 2012. 

'Business schools measure up to international standards', The National Business Review, March 9, 2012.

'The New Zealand Tax Working Group: What lessons for tax reform processes', presentation at the Structures, Processes and Governance in Tax Policy-making Conference, Saïd Business School, Oxford, 8-9 March 2012. 

'The Re-Emergence of China and Implications for New Zealand', presentation to Wellington Commerce Teachers, Wellington, 30 November 2012.


Also presented to the Wellington Careers Advisers' Workshop, Auckland, 12 August 2011.

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The Re-Emergence of China and Implications for New Zealand 1.32 MB PDF

 'Tax Working Group:  What lessons for policy development?', presentation to the New Developments in Public Policy Formulation seminar series sponsored by the State Services Commission, Victoria University of Wellington, the Institute of Policy Studies, and the Centre for Lifelong Learning, 8 December 2010.

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'New Zealand tax reform:  Process, reaction and implications', The Winton and Margaret Bear Tax Lecture, Chartered Secretaries of New Zealand, 14 July 2010, Turnbull House, Wellington.

'The Tax Working Group,  the Budget and the future’, presentation to the Business Links Seminar: New Zealand Tax Reform: Where to Next?, Centre for Accounting Governance and Taxation Research, Victoria University of Wellington, 6 July, 2010.  Rutherford House, Wellington.

'Reflections on the Tax Working Group's Process, Principles and Prescriptions for Tax Reform', presentation for the School of Government and Institute of Policy Studies Autumn Seminar Series: Building capability in the public sector: Key policy challenges facing NZ, 14 April 2010, Victoria University of Wellington.

'The Tax Working Group's Process, Principles and Prescriptions for Tax Reform'. Presentations to Goldman Sachs JBWere, 12 May 2010, Auckland; Institute of Directors, 12 May 2010, Wellington; Rotary Club of Wellington North, 25 March 2010, Wellington; the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association, 15 March 2010, Christchurch.

A Tax System for New Zealand's Future, Report of the Victoria University of Wellington Tax Working Group, 20 January 2010, pp. 73.

'Is looking behind the border the key to catching up?' (with Laura Hubbard), Competition and Regulation Times, Issue 29, July 2009, p.16.

'The Global Financial Crisis and Implications for Asia-Pacific Growth', Lee Foundation Lecture, 29 August 2009, University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

'Toward a World Class Tax System', Address to the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department Technical Leaders' Conference, 25 August 2009, James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel, Wellington.

'The Global Financial Crisis and Asia-Pacific Growth:  Causes, Consequences and Lessons', Keynote address to the World Class Practices in Management Education Conference, 31 May - 2 June 2009, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.  This address was also presented as part of the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of the Victoria University MBA, 11 August 2009, Victoria University of Wellington.

'The business cycle, housing and the role of policy: summary of a recent conference held by the Treasury and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand' (with Aaron Drew), Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin, 71 (1), March 2008, pp. 40-44. 

'The challenge of structural change', pp. 130-143 in Driving Growth - APEC's Destiny, Edited by APEC Study Centre, Monash University, Australia, published by The APEC Study Centre, Monash University, in association with APEC 2007 and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Australia, August 2008, pp 275.

'Roles of fiscal policy in New Zealand' (with Felicity Barker and Robert St Clair), Treasury Working Paper 08/01, June 2008, pp 42.  

'Structural reform in APEC economies', Presentation at the APEC Thematic Seminar and Informal Senior Officials' meeting, Lima, Peru, 27-29 November 2007.

'Time has come to get busy behind the borders', The Australian Financial Review, Special APEC Issue, 3 September, 2007, page S14.

'The challenge of structural change in APEC economies' (with Amy Cruickshank), Treasury Working Paper 07/06, July 2007, pp. 41.

'Toward a model of firm productivity dynamics' (with David Law and Dean Hyslop), Treasury Working Paper 06/11, November 2006, pp. 31.

'Testing stabilisation policy limits in a small open economy', Proceedings from a macroeconomic policy forum (Editor with Aaron Drew), Reserve Bank of New Zealand and The Treasury, Wellington, October 2006, pp. 200.

'Impacts of a potential influenza pandemic on New Zealand's macroeconomy' (with James Douglas and Kam Szeto), Treasury Policy Perspectives Paper 06/03.

'Skill and stamina win the growth race at the OECD stadium' (with Nathan McLellan), Competition and Regulation Times, Vol. 13, January 2004, pp. 8-10.

'The growth race at the OECD stadium' (with Nathan McLellan), Competition and Regulation Times, Vol. 11, August 2003, pp. 1-2, 12.

'The impact of monetary policy on New Zealand business cycles and inflation variability' (with Kunhong Kim and Nathan McLellan), Treasury Working Paper 03/09.