Brian Easton

Brian Easton

Brian Easton (born 1943) is an economist from New Zealand. He has been economics columnist for the New Zealand Listener magazine for more than 20 years, giving him a high public profile. He has held a number of university teaching posts but currently works as an independent scholar. [ Brian Easton ] ] Easton has given keynote speeches at conferences around the world and is known for his criticism of economic orthodoxy.


Easton was born in 1943 and grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand. He holds degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of Canterbury, and in economics from Victoria University of Wellington. Brian Easton is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Chartered Statistician, and a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand.


As author, co-author or editor of more than 30 books, Easton writes regularly for the NZ Listener [] and other journals and newspapers. His recent books include "Globalisation and the Wealth of Nations" (Auckland University Press, 2007), "The Commercialisation of New Zealand" (AUP, 1997), "In Stormy Seas: The Post-War New Zealand Economy" (UOP, 1997), "The Whimpering of the State: Policy after MMP" (AUP, 1999) [ [ The Whimpering of the State - Auckland University Press ] ] and "The Nationbuilders" (AUP, 2001). He is one of the public intellectuals who were the subjects of "Speaking Truth to Power: Public Intellectuals Rethink New Zealand", [ [ Speaking Truth to Power - Auckland University Press ] ] edited by Laurence Simmons (AUP, 2007).


Easton has held a number of scholarships and fellowships including visiting fellowships at the University of Melbourne, as Richard Downing Research Professor, Georgetown and Harvard Universities, as a Fulbright NZ Distinguished Visiting Fellow [ [ 2004 Media Release, University of Otago, New Zealand ] ] and a Marsden Fellowship [ [ RSNZ/Marsden Fund/2003 results ] ] (2003-2006). In 2002 he was appointed to the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Growth and Innovation Advisory Board [ [ Members | Growth and Innovation Advisory Board ] ] and, in 2005, he was made a Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Association of Economists. [ [ Brian Easton ] ] He has documented his current work activity and interests in his personal web site.


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