NZIER releases Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister 2019

03 December 2019

Today the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research Incorporated (NZIER) has released its inaugural 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.

“Our criteria were simply that the books be relevant to a contemporary issue, offer a different way of thinking or perspective, be relevant for New Zealand and be consistent with NZIER Public Good objectives” said Professor Gary Hawke, Chair of the Selection Panel that included Professor Cynthia Kiro (former Children’s Commissioner and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland), Professor Les Oxley (NZIER Board and University of Waikato), and NZIER staffer Laetitia Leroy.

“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 Hawke.

New Zealand authors

The list includes three New Zealand authors, Peter Adams, Damon Salesa and Herbert Guthrie-Smith with books on history, social change and the environment. Adams, Salesa and David Allan, Chair of the Guthrie-Smith Trust, were delighted to attend the launch of the list at Unity Books in Wellington.

David Allan said “our Trust is very thrilled to learn of the choice of “Tutira” for the list. The book is certainly very relevant to many of the issues we face today, and he was clearly well ahead in his observations and thinking.”

NZIER’s Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister 2019:

  • The Narrow Corridor: States, societies, and the fate of liberty, Daron Acemoglu & James A Robinson, 2019
  • Fatal Necessity: British Intervention in New Zealand, 1830-1847, Peter Adams, 1977
  • Good economics for hard times: Better answers to our biggest problems, Abhijit V Banerjee and Esther Duflo, 2019
  • The Sex Factor: How women made the West Rich, Victoria Bateman, 2019
  • Tutira: The story of a New Zealand Sheep Station, Herbert Guthrie-Smith, 1921
  • Confronting Inequality: How Societies Can Choose Inclusive Growth, Jonathan D Ostry, Prakash Loungani & Andrew Berg, 2019
  • Island Time: New Zealand’s Pacific Future, Damon Salesa, 2017
  • Economics for the Common Good, Jean Tirole, 2019
  • Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again, Eric Topol, 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, OR
Jessica Matthewson, 021 510 114,

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