An introduction

I’m starting this blog to offer my thoughts and perspectives on a range of issues around economics, economic history, and public policy.

I’m a New Zealander.  That means I have a particular interest in New Zealand issues and institutions, and the decades-long disappointing performance of the New Zealand economy, but I will also be commenting on a range of global issues.

My primary expertise is in macroeconomic policy and related institutional design, but I will range wider.  Policy, by its nature, involves choices and judgements.  Most of those are, or should be, made by elected politicians.  That means that in discussing policy it is futile to think that one can avoid politics. But if there is advocacy here, it will be for my own views, and for the analysis of others that I find persuasive, not for any one or other of New Zealand’s political parties.