John Yeabsley

Senior Fellow


John has been applying economic analysis to real world problems for over 40 years. His wide experience in the public and private sector includes time as a trade diplomat and policy advisor as well as being responsible for large scale service delivery.

John has also been a Chief Executive and on the board of an investment bank. His professional interests range from analysing the realities of trade policy negotiation to offering expert evidence in court. In a long career as a consultant he has worked on most aspects of the NZ economy.

John's publications include articles on immigration, competition and decision theory.

John is an experienced economist with a wealth of experience after working for many years with public and private sector clients.


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BA | BSc | M Com | PhD

Recent projects

Latest publications

  • Grow for it - How population policies can can promote economic growth, NZIER working paper 2012/1

    27 January 2012

    New Zealand struggles to grow its economy partially due to its small size and remote location. There is little that can be done to change location, but the size can be increased over time. It is feasible to adopt a population policy with the aim of the population reaching 15 million in the next 50 years – an annual growth rate of 2.5% per annum. This would bring the size and density of the population to levels closer to more prosperous European countries. Fifteen million – two and a half times current projections – is a good target, too, as it allows for several large cities, fostering competition within New Zealand.


  • Additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing - preliminary business case report

    30 March 2011

    The government’s National Infrastructure Plan highlights an additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing (AWHC) as an important priority to support the growth of Auckland. The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) commissioned a study to provide information and analysis to assist all stakeholders to form opinions and consider options: bridge or tunnel; timing; and funding. NZIER worked on this study with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Beca, AECOM, and SKM (who undertook the transport modelling and the ‘conventional’ economic appraisal). Our role was to evaluate the full spectrum of national, regional and local economic benefits from the AWHC.