Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Economics for Real People: Trade Policy in NZ’s recent history

With the finalisation of a TPP deal yesterday, could this week’s discussion hosted by our friends at the Auckland Uni Economics Group be any more topical?  (And remember, you’re all invited whether students or economists … or even, most especially, if not).

Seminar: Does New Zealand Economics Have a Useful Past?
    Looking at the role that economic thought has had on the economic development of New Zealand, and focussing mainly on trade policy over the period from 1920s to the early 1980s, the newly-appointed editor of the History of Economics Review Dr. Geoffrey Brooke will explain the different perspectives taken by academic economists in New Zealand, and relate these to the activities of policymakers over that period.
    And he asks: Is the often held view that the reform decade beginning in 1984 illustrated the power of what J. Maynard Keynes had called the “gradual encroachment of ideas” trumping the “power of vested interests”?

        Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 6-7pm
Location: Room 040C, Level Zero, University of Auckland Business School
                       (plenty of parking in the building’s basement, entry off Grafton Rd)

        ALL WELCOME!

About the Speaker:
Dr. Geoffrey Brooke is a Lecturer in Economics at the Auckland University of Technology. Dr. Brooke holds both a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland. Prior to this, he completed a Bachelor and a Masters (Finance) in Business Science from the University of Cape Town.
His research interests are equally divided between economic history and the history of economic thought.

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