Various Articles

Over the years and in addition to the speeches he gave in various roles, Don wrote various articles and letters to the editor, some of which are recorded below.

The world still looks pretty uncertain

Huljich Wealth Management newsletter. 10 February 2010

Here we are near the start of another year and there are a number of pretty encouraging signs. The New Zealand economy has now been officially out of recession for some months; the Australian economy is moving along reasonably briskly; indeed, most of the major economies of the world are...

The world still looks pretty uncertain

Huljich Wealth Management newsletter. 10 February 2010

Here we are near the start of another year and there are a number of pretty encouraging signs. The New Zealand economy has now been officially out of recession for some months; the Australian economy is moving along reasonably briskly; indeed, most of the major economies of the world are...

2025: on the right track

The Dominion Post. 5 February 2010

Two months ago, the 2025 Taskforce published its first report on how New Zealand could match Australia’s living standards by 2025. It evoked a wide variety of reactions. It attracted a lot of editorial support, including from The Dominion Post, and considerable support from economists and business groups.

Can we catch Australia by 2025?

Huljich Wealth Management newsletter. 6 December 2009

As regular readers of FundWatch will know, after the last general election the National Party formed a coalition with the ACT Party, and as part of that deal the Government committed to raising New Zealand’s living standards to Australia’s level by 2025.

Is inflation targeting still relevant?

3 December 2009

Over the last year or two, there have been several kinds of attack on inflation targeting as a way to run monetary policy.

Are we out of the woods yet?

Huljich Wealth Management newsletter. 18 October 2009

In the last few weeks, there have been some very encouraging signs that the economy may have turned the corner. Figures for the June quarter suggest that the economy grew marginally over those months, the share market has been rising, the housing market has stabilised at levels not much below...

Australian living standards by 2025?

Huljich Wealth Management newsletter. 12 July 2009

A few days after last year’s general election, the National Party signed a Confidence and Supply Agreement with the ACT Party and of course that was widely reported in the media. Not so widely reported were some of the features of that Agreement.

Interview by AUT student newspaper, Debate

8 May 2009

After his rollercoaster stint in politics, Don Brash has been keeping himself busy. Life’s much quieter, now that he’s traded audiences with frosty politicians and journalists for unassuming businessmen and students. He’s now on the board of five companies and after a spell at the then-Auckland Technical Institute (ATI) Foundation...

Reply to Bryan Gould's book “Rescuing the New Zealand economy”

8 May 2009

Dear John,

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Huljich Wealth Management newsletter. 4 April 2009

In recent weeks, there have been a few signs that things are finally beginning to look up. The price of New Zealand’s dairy exports in international markets has shown an increase for several weeks on end. The share market has shown some signs of stabilising or even turning up.

Don't assume that all our problems are a result of “free and unregulated” banking

NZCPR.com. 8 February 2009

In recent months, we’ve all been treated to a steady diet of sermons from those who would have us believe that the international financial crisis is all the result of the banking industry being “free and unregulated”.

Bryan Gould is seriously wrong

The New Zealand Herald. 1 February 2009

In Monday’s Herald, Bryan Gould argues that the world must learn many lessons from the current international economic crisis (“Global crisis shows need for revision of economics”). Alas, most of the “lessons” he proposes we learn are absolutely the wrong lessons.

Don't change the Reserve Bank Act

Sunday Star-Times. 7 December 2008

In the 30 November issue of your paper, Finlay MacDonald urges the new government to “reform” the Reserve Bank Act by putting monetary policy back under the day to day influence of politicians. He correctly notes that the Act allows the government to determine the inflation rate which the Reserve...

Scary, but not the end of the world

Otago Daily Times. 23 September 2008

It feels dangerous writing about the state of the world economy these days: just when you think you know what is going to happen in the next few days and weeks, some new and dramatic development comes along to make a nonsense of the situation.

Inflation targeting still the best way to run monetary policy

3 June 2008

In recent months, there has been a chorus of voices attacking inflation targeting. The most recent that I have seen was one by Joseph Stiglitz headed “Inflation targeting shown to be a dismal failure”.[1] In that article, he claimed that “today, inflation targeting is being put to the test and...

Abolish GST on food? No way!

28 April 2008

Abolishing GST on food would be a seriously stupid thing to do. Yes, I know, I was the chairman of the committee which designed New Zealand’s GST back in the mid-eighties, and so may be accused of being biased.

Interview by University of Canterbury student newspaper, Canta

15 March 2008

How does the job of the leader of a political party change during election year? Does it become harder?

Would giving the Governor power to vary the excise tax on fuel reduce the amplitude of exchange rate fluctuations?

Asymmetric Information, Issue 31. 1 March 2008

About a month ago, I was prompted to write an article for the New Zealand Herald[1] by two questions asked of me by an exporter: why are New Zealand interest rates so high compared to those in the rest of the developed world, and why doesn’t the Reserve Bank reduce...

The real economic challenge

The Press. 27 August 2007

Over the last few weeks, the media have been full of stories about finance companies in trouble, with questions about what the Government is going to do about the situation. A month or two ago, the exchange rate was all the talk, and again everybody wanted to know what the...

Milton Friedman's legacy: what is it and where does it stand today?

The Economist. 26 January 2007

I’ve never been an academic economist, so I’m in no position to make a proper assessment of Milton Friedman’s legacy to the development of economic theory. But for 14 years I was Governor of a central bank and for almost five years a politician.

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