By Eric Crampton 20/05/2014

I am very pleased to announce that I’m moving to Wellington to serve as Head of Research for the New Zealand Initiative. I’ll begin there in August, with precise timing depending on our sorting out moving from Christchurch.

I’m really looking forward to working with the team there. In addition to the great set of projects they have lined up, I’ll have scope to help shape future research. Loyal readers at Offsetting may see some minor interruptions in service while we move house, but blogging will continue – this time as part of the job description.

I’ll miss my friends in Christchurch and the Department here terribly. But some opportunities are too good to miss.

The New Zealand Initiative is the successor organisation to the New Zealand Business Roundtable, Roger Kerr’s think-tank, and the New Zealand Institute, David Skilling’s. It’s going to be a lot of fun. And, I hope I’ll there be able to do just a bit more to help keep New Zealand the best place in the world to live.

Here’s the NZI press release.

19 May 2014


The New Zealand Initiative names Dr Eric Crampton as new Head of Research

Dr Crampton’s international academic experience will grow the Initiative’s reputation as New Zealand’s leading business think tank

Wellington (May 19) –  The New Zealand Initiative today announced that Dr Eric Crampton has been appointed as its new Head of Research. Dr Crampton, a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury and author of the popular economics blog Offsetting Behaviour, will take up his new position in August. Dr Crampton will lead the Initiative’s research team to develop recommendations for New Zealand’s most pressing public policy questions.

The Initiative’s Executive Director Dr Oliver Hartwich said: “We are delighted to have secured Dr Crampton for this new role. His economic expertise, his international experience and his ability to effectively communicate complex ideas will help to grow The New Zealand Initiative’s output and influence.”

Dr Crampton is a Canadian-born economist, who obtained his Ph.D. at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) under Professor Tyler Cowen. He was a visiting fellow at ZEI at Bonn University (Germany), and has been a lecturer and senior lecturer at Canterbury University since 2003. Dr Crampton’s work and publications have covered a wide range of public policy topics, including public health, competition law, and the analysis of political systems. His blog Offsetting Behaviour is among New Zealand’s top-20 blogs and recommended by the American Economics Association in their ‘Resources for Economists’ list. He also edits The Dismal Science for The Royal Society’s SciBlogs initiative.

Dr Crampton’s appointment underlines The New Zealand Initiative’s goal to be the country’s leading evidence-based public policy think tank.

Dr Hartwich said: “The New Zealand Initiative is all about developing robust and fresh ideas to make New Zealand a better country. Dr Crampton shares this vision and we look forward to his contributions to public policy debates.”

About the New Zealand Initiative

The New Zealand Initiative is an evidence-based think tank and research institute, which is supported by a membership organisation that counts some of the country’s leading visionaries, business leaders and political thinkers among its ranks.

Our members are committed to developing policies to make New Zealand a better country for all its citizens. We believe all New Zealanders deserve a world-class education system, affordable housing, a healthy environment, sound public finances and a stable currency.

The New Zealand Initiative pursues this goal by producing well-researched reports and hosting high level conferences and events. For more information visit www.nzinitiative.org.nz.

For more information contact:
Ben England
Communications Officer
The New Zealand Initiative
Ph +64 4 494 9109


Update: Here’s Nevil Gibson on the move.

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