Books & Monographs

The websites contains brief summaries of the following books, plus their contents. Links from chapters are to associated website items.

The Commercialisation of New Zealand.

In Stormy Seas: The Post-war New Zealand Economy

The Whimpering of the State: Policy after MMP

The Nationbuilders

Globalisation and a Welfare State. (This was never published. Only about three fifths is available in first draft)

I am currently writing Transforming New Zealand

Books not on the Website

The Future of New Zealand Medicine: A Progressive View (Peryer, 1974) 150pp – joint editor, with D.W. BEAVEN, and contributor.

Social Policy and the Welfare State in New Zealand (Allen & Unwin, 1980) 182pp. (Japanese Edition, 1987)

Pragmatism and Progress: Social Security in the Seventies (University of Canterbury, 1981) 128pp.

Economics for New Zealand Social Democrats (McIndoe, 1981) 156pp.

An Introduction to the New Zealand Economy (University of Queensland Press, 1982) 339pp. with N.J. THOMSON.

Wages and the Poor (Allen and Unwin, 1986) 100pp.

The Making of Rogernomics (Auckland University Press, 1989) 212pp. editor and contributor.
From Run to Float: the Making of the Rogernomics Exchange Rate Policy (September 1989)

Unemployment in New Zealand (Dunmore Press, 1990) 191pp. with I. SHIRLEY, C. BRIAR, & S. CHATTERJEE.

Open Growth: A Response to the Task Force on International Competitiveness (NZEU, 1990) 67pp

Getting the Supply-side to Work (NZAEU, 1995) 80pp.

Towards a Political Economy of New Zealand: The Tectonics of History (Hocken Library, 1995) 29pp.


Consumption in New Zealand 1954/55 to 1964/65 (NZIER Research Paper 10, 1967) 77pp.

Profitability and Performance in Post War New Zealand: The Impact of the Terms of Trade (Victoria University of Wellington Economics Department, 1980) 26pp. A preparatory paper for In Stormy Seas

External Impact and Internal Response: The New Zealand Economy in the 1970s and 1980s (NZIER Discussion Paper 25, 1982) 18pp. A preparatory paper for In Stormy Seas

The Impact of Taxation on Alcohol Consumption (Alcohol Liquor Advisory Council, 1982) 23pp. with L.B. KAY.

The Impact of the Public Sector Security Ratio on the On-lending Interest Rate of Finance Houses (NZIER Contract Research Unit Paper No 19, 1983) 10pp. with L.B. KAY.

By Rail or Road: A Case Study (NZIER Research Paper 27, 1983) 105pp. with P.A. MARKS.

Income Distribution in New Zealand (NZIER Research Paper 28, 1983) 281pp.

Studies in the Labour Market (NZIER Research Paper 29, 1983) 208pp. editor and contributor.

Subsidization of Urban Public Transport in New Zealand: the Economic Justification and Methodology for Apportioning Benefits (Urban Transport Council, 1984) 73pp. with C. PROPPER and N. WILSON.

Markets, Regulation, and Pricing (NZIER Research Paper 31, 1985) 142pp. joint editor with A.E. BOLLARD, and contributor.

Economy Wide Models of New Zealand (NZIER Research Paper 33, 1986) 281pp. with G.M. WELLS.

The Exchange Rate Since 1981, Performance and Policy (NZIER Discussion Paper 30, 1986) 24pp. A preparatory paper for In Stormy Seas

Is Victoria a Computable General Equilibrium Model? (PEP Occasional Paper No 88, 1986) 8pp.

The Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion (NZIER Research Paper 36, 1987) 109pp. joint editor, with R.D.BOWIE, and contributor. See Matter of Opinion

The New Zealand Economic Experiment (Research Paper 174, University of Melbourne Department of Economics, 1987)

Economic Instruments for Social Policy (The Royal Commission on Social Policy, 1988).

Wage Flexibility, Wages, and Free Lunches (Research Paper 180, University of Melbourne Department of Economics, 1987) 25pp.

The Need for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Systems in New Zealand: A Preliminary Evaluation (Wellington Multiple Sclerosis Society, October 1990) 12pp. with R.D. BOWIE.

A GDP Deflator Series for New Zealand: 1913/4-1976/7 (Massey Economic Papers B9004, December 1990) 24pp. A preparatory paper for In Stormy Seas

Structural Change and Economic Growth in Postwar New Zealand (Massey Economic Papers B9103, March 1991) 50pp. A preparatory paper for In Stormy Seas

Modelling Juliannes’ Fiscal Routines (Research Project on Economic Planning, Occasional Paper No 99, 1991) 17pp.

The Real Wage Debate: 1978-1990 (Research Project on Economic Planning, Occasional Paper 101, 1991) 35pp.

The Social Costs of Tobacco Use and Alcohol Misuse (Department of Public Health, Wellington Medical School, Research Paper 2, 1997) 36pp.

International Guidelines for Estimating the Costs of Substance Abuse (Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse) with E. SINGLE, D. COLLINS, H. HARWOOD, H. LAPSLEY, & A. MAYNARD (& R. BOWIE) 1997, 71pp. (Second edition 2002, with some variation in authors.)

The Commercialisation of Education (Central Institute of Technology, Occasional Paper No 4, 1997) 11pp.

The Economic Regulation of Tobacco Consumption in New Zealand (Central Institute of Technology, Occasional Paper No 7, 1998) 16pp.

The Economic Context of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs (Policy Paper No 4, 1998) 16pp. (primary contributor)

Metrology and the Economy (Report for the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, available at