Treasury Guest Lecture by Arthur Grimes

Oct 5, 2015

Maximising Utility: Taking Measures of Wellbeing Seriously in Policy 

Governments and policy-makers across the world now pay at least lip-service to maximising the wellbeing of their citizens, rather than maximising GDP per capita. Calls in this direction have been made variously by Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi (USA-UK-France), David Cameron (UK), Bhutan, the OECD and the New Zealand Treasury to name a few. But what does a policy approach of maximising wellbeing look like? And what do we know about wellbeing in New Zealand, both absolutely and relative to other countries?

This lecture examines what we know and don’t know about wellbeing in New Zealand and examines how recent international results might steer economic policy-making in future. Drawing on work funded through a Marsden Grant of the Royal Society of New Zealand, it answers some questions and raises new ones in this dynamic sphere of public policy.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Monday 5 October 2015
The Treasury, Level 5, 1 The Terrace, Wellington

The presentation for this lecture is now available.