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No More Free Beer Tomorrow? Economic policy and outcomes in Australia and New Zealand 1984-2003

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  • Tim Hazledine

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    (Auckland University)

  • John Quiggin

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    (Department of Economics, University of Queensland)

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In this chapter, we compare the experience of Australia and New Zealand over the period of microeconomic reform that began in the early 1980s. Of particular concern is the question of how New Zealand, with what were seen at the time as the ‘best’ set of economic policies in the OECD, experienced the worst set of economic outcomes, and why Australia, from a broadly similar starting position, did so much better. That the outcomes indeed have differed significantly was perhaps not conclusively clear in earlier work (Easton and Gerritsen (1996), Quiggin (1996), Hazledine (1998), Quiggin (1996)), but we are by now in a position to update the earlier comparisons with the advantage of what is now two full decades of history since the major ‘reform’ processes were set in train.

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Paper provided by Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland in its series Australian Public Policy Program Working Papers with number WP4P05.

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  1. John Edwards & David Gruen & John Quiggin, 2011. "Wrap-up Discussion," RBA Annual Conference Volume, in: Hugo Gerard & Jonathan Kearns (ed.), The Australian Economy in the 2000s Reserve Bank of Australia.

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