Jonathan Boston

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Journal article

22 Nov 2013

There is reason to hope that long-term fiscal planning can still be effective in New Zealand.


Many countries now require the regular publication of longterm fiscal projections, looking at the potential long-term costs of government spending programmes. In New Zealand, section...

Discussion paper

30 Sep 2013

In this paper presented to the NZ Treasury, Jonathan Boston asks how governments can build good societies—specifically, what kind of public and economic policies should be pursued to reach this goal.

Introduction : Public policy is an inherently ethical undertaking. It poses fundamental...

Journal article

13 May 2013

This article examines the causes of child poverty in New Zealand and how child poverty rates might be reduced.

New Zealand has tolerated significant levels of relative child poverty for more than two decades. For a country which once prided itself on being comparatively...


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