Fiscal history, fiscal policy and intersectoral policy

New Zealand fiscal policies, driven by a statutory objective of debt reduction have, over several decades, severely limited the funding necessary for expanding the provision of public services and infrastructure to a growing population.  In association with monetary policies targeting inflation they have contributed to long periods of high unemployment. Dennis Rose will highlight significant trends in public revenue and spending since the second world war and discuss a rebalancing of fiscal objectives  within the Public Finance Act, aimed at promoting full employment and reducing income inequality.  Success in these areas would almost inevitably be associated with increased pressure on New Zealand’s external account.  Geoff Bertram will discuss the macroeconomic linkages between government and private sectors and the rest of the world and the problem of achieving appropriate balance.

Dennis Rose has been working in Wellington since the late 1950s (Departments of Statistics and Industries and Commerce, NZ Institute of Economic Research, five years as an independent consultant, a decade at the NZ Planning Council, five years at BERL and now a happy pensioner).  He has persisting interests in national accounting, public finance, development strategy, the search for full employment and the implications of New Zealand’s external indebtedness.

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