Final Oliver Hartwich

Dr Oliver Hartwich

Executive Director

Oliver is the Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative. Before joining the Initiative, he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, the Chief Economist at Policy Exchange in London, and an advisor in the UK House of Lords. Oliver holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business administration and a PhD in Law from Bochum University in Germany.

Oliver is available to comment on all of the Initiative’s research areas.

Latest reports:
Policy Essay: Effective and affordable – Why the ETS is sufficient to deal with the climate emergency (2020)
Research Note: The Unreserved Bank of New Zealand: Why unorthodox monetary policy needs boundaries (2019)
#localismNZ: Bringing power to the people (2019)
Submission: Future of Tax (2018)
Submission: Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (2018)

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Phone: +64 4 499 0790


Recent Work

Full wallet v3

Podcast: Roger Partridge and Oliver Hartwich on Fair Pay Agreements

Following the Government's annoucement, Roger Partridge and Oliver Hartwich discuss how Fair Pay Agreements are likely to harm productivity and would not be in the interests of workers, the unemployed, consumers, and overall wellbeing. Read our 2019 report, Work in Progress: Why Fair pay Agreements would be bad for labour. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Roger Partridge
12 May, 2021

Podcast: Oliver Hartwich, Eric Crampton and Damien Grant on recessions and insolvencies

In a recent column for Newsroom (4 May 2021), Oliver Hartwich wrote about Europe, and whether its recovery will be worse than the recession. He wrote that the Covid-19 pandemic has not caused an ordinary recession - at least not in Europe. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr Eric Crampton
Damien Grant
10 May, 2021
Building house

Podcast: Oliver Hartwich and Jordan Williams discuss incentives for councils

Following the National Party's housing policy announcement, The New Zealand Initiative's executive director Dr Oliver Hartwich and the Taxpayers' Union executive director Jordan Williams discuss their views on fiscal incentives for councils as a way to encourage more houses to be built.


The New Zealand Initiative · Podcast: Oliver Hartwich and Jordan Williams discuss fiscal incentives for councils Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Jordan Williams
20 April, 2021

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