Welcome to Brian Easton’s Website

I am an independent scholar especially interested in New Zealand. My writings and research are especially concerned with its economics, history, politics, sociology and culture.

This website is to make more available some of my writings and the research which underpins them. Because there is an enormous backlog, only some of the material is available.

My weekly Pundit is here.


My latest posts are

Muddled Thinking About RNZ (February 2020)

Not in Narrow Seas: The Economic History of Aotearoa New Zealand (January 2020)

On Bill Rosenberg (December 2019)

Norm Thomson: 1934-1994 (November 2019)

Engaging with Alan Duff (September 2019)

Notes on Social Costs (August 2019)

Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill (July 2019)

What Happened to Egalitarian New Zealand? (June 2019)

What is Meant by Wellbeing? (May 2019)

Up in the Clouds (May 2019)

Ian Francis Shirley (April 2019)

The Macroeconomic Implications of the Public Finance Act (April 2019)

Eyewitness on the 1966 Wool Shock (March 2019)

New Zealand’s 9/11: Unity in Diversity (March 2019)

New Zealand’s Methane Cloud (March 2019)

Census Mess Can Be Resolved with a New One in 2021 (March 2019)

Being a Health Economist (February 2019)

Brexit: A View from Down Under (January 2019)

Poverty and the Statistician (December 2018)