The NZIER Economics Award for 2017 was presented to Dame Paula Rebstock at NZIER’s AGM & dinner on 29 August.
Dame Paula has made a huge contribution to economics in New Zealand over many years. However, it was her championing of the Investment Approach for which the Independent Award Panel make this award.
From the 2011 report of the Welfare Working Group, and its recommendation of a ‘long-term investment view’, to its application by the Expert Panel on Investing in New Zealand’s Children and Families, which led to the establishment of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki, Dame
Paula has been the champion of a new economic approach to policy in New Zealand.
Dame Paula has contributed in many significant ways, sometimes with notable publicity, to research into the application of economics to New Zealand’s social and business needs.