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Wellbeing Report seminar series: Wellbeing approaches to policy: Insights from New Zealand Research

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This presentation briefly outlines the economic foundations for a wellbeing approach to public policy and describes a range of wellbeing approaches that are used to guide public policy in several countries. It then provides insights gained from economic analyses of wellbeing within Aotearoa New Zealand. The focus of these examples is on how analyses of subjective wellbeing can be used to help guide public policy.

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About the presenter

Arthur Grimes is Professor of Wellbeing and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Government and is a Senior Fellow at Motu Research. He was Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board Chair (2003–2013) and a Board Member of the Financial Markets Authority (2011-2017). Prior roles include: Chief Executive of Southpac Investment Management, Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (VUW), and Chief Economist at both the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the National Bank of New Zealand. He has a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSocSc(Hons) from University of Waikato.

In 2005, Arthur was awarded the NZIER Economics Award recognising excellence in economics related to New Zealand’s economic welfare. He received a Distinguished Alumni award from University of Waikato and was awarded the NZ-UK Link Visiting Professorship to the University of London in 2013. In 2018, US National Public Radio’s Planet Money described him as “one of the most important economists in the world” for his pioneering work on inflation targeting. Arthur’s current research focuses on the economics of wellbeing and public policy.

Wellbeing Report seminar series

At Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury, we are developing the first Wellbeing Report - Te Tai Waiora that will be published in November 2022.

This online seminar is part of a Wellbeing Report programme of Guest lectures running in 2022 and 2023.

Last updated: 
Thursday, 3 November 2022