2020 Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister

01 December 2020

New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (Inc)
Media release, 1 December 2020

Today the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research Incorporated (NZIER) has released its 2020 Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister.

“NZIER supports New Zealanders reading, taking time to think long thoughts, and discussing them. Summer is good for that” said NZIER’s Chief Executive Laurence Kubiak.
The list was prepared as part of the NZIER Public Good programme, which undertakes economic research and thinking aimed at promoting a better understanding of New Zealand’s important economic challenges.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced this year’s list, with books on data science and uncertainty featuring alongside a strong showing of home-grown indigenous titles. We hope this list will be of interest to the Prime Minister, her new Cabinet, ministerial advisors and anyone interested in economics and public policy.” said Professor Les Oxley, Chair of the Selection Panel that included Professor Jacinta Ruru (University of Otago), Professor Shaun Hendy (University of Auckland) and Sarah Hogan (Principal Economist, NZIER).

“The list recommends books that we hope the Prime Minister, her advisors, and anyone interested in economics and public policy, will find both informative and enjoyable to read” said Professor Oxley.

NZIER’s Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister 2020:

  • Calling Bullshit: The art of scepticism in a data-driven world, Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West, 2020
  • Not in Narrow Seas: The economic history of Aotearoa New Zealand, Brian Easton, 2020
  • Precarity: Uncertain insecure and unequal lives in Aotearoa New Zealand, Shiloh Groot, Natasha Tassell-Matamua, Clifford Van Ommen, Bridgette Masters-Awatere, 2017
  • Rebuilding the Kāinga: Lessons from te ao hurihuri, Jade Kake, 2019
  • Radical Uncertainty: Decision-making for an unknowable future, John Kay & Mervyn King, 2020
  • Whāriki: The growth of Māori community entrepreneurship, Mereata Kawharu and Paul Tapsell, 2019
  • Doughnut Economics: Seven ways to think like a 21st-Century economist, Kate Raworth, 2017
  • Superior: The return of race science, Angela Saini, 2019

Read more about why each title was selected and its relevance to New Zealand here.

For further information please contact:

Todd Krieble 027 742 6415 , econ@nzier.org.nz 

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