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Dr Tony Burton

Research Fellow

Tony is a Research Fellow at the New Zealand Initiative. He acquired a PhD in economics and philosophy from the University of East Anglia researching game theory and choice under uncertainty. After the purity of academic research, he opted for the murky world of policy, first at the UK Ministry of Health, then in New Zealand at the Ministry of Social Development and Treasury. He lives in Wellington with his (very) patient partner, impatient child and entirely disinterested cat.


Recent Work

EPS 158 Economic Roundtable2

Podcast: Australia vs. New Zealand: Where to Thrive?

In this thought-provoking episode, the Initiative’s economists – Dr Oliver Hartwich, Dr Eric Crampton, Dr Tony Burton, and Dr Bryce Wilkinson – dive into the debate over whether Australia is a better option for skilled talent. They discuss the current challenges faced by New Zealand in terms of health, education, and infrastructure, and how the nation's performance is deteriorating relative to Australia. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr Eric Crampton
Dr Bryce Wilkinson
9 May, 2023

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