We run a range of seminars, training, conferences and social events throughout the year to encourage the use of economics in public policy decision making and to stimulate debate and discussion on economic and public policy research.

Most of our events are free to anyone with an interest, including the public.  Our events, in particular seminars and conference operate under "Chatham House rule".  If you are a member of the media and wish to attend out events please notify us in advance.

If you would like to deliver a seminar to GEN please contact us here.

Commerce Commission Conference


Competition Matters, 20–21 July 2017

The Commerce Commission’s Competition Matters conference is back in 2017, with a great line up of local and international speakers covering topics in the competition, economic regulation and consumer protection areas.
Registration is now open for this fantastic event, with early bird registrations available until 15 May.
The conference will feature world class speakers discussing issues such as the challenges of new technology for competition law, incentive regulation, pricing and price advertising, investment in telecommunications infrastructure, selling and lending online, and the anti-competitive potential of industry groups.
The conference programme includes the following keynote speakers:


  • David Black, Ofwat, United Kingdom
  • Richard Feasey, Frontier Economics
  • Professor Harry First, School of Law, New York University, USA
  • Professor Michal Gal, University of Haifia, Israel
  • Professor Spencer Weber Waller, Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies,
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, USA
  • Professor Ralph Winter, University of British Columbia
  • Sauder School of Business, Canada
  • Professor George Yarrow, Regulatory Policy Institute, United Kingdom

For more information on the full programme, and to register visit www.comcom2017.co.nz


School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington


New Economics and Social Investment Courses at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington, in 2017

This year the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington is offering two new 3-day courses from July 2017:

GOVT 551 Special Topic: Investment Approaches and Contemporary Policymaking
o   http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sog/pdf/GOVT551-flyer.pdf
GOVT 552 Special Topic: Public Policy and the Economics of Well-being
o   http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sog/pdf/GOVT552-flyer.pdf

The past decade has seen rapid changes in economic and social welfare theory and practice, with significant theoretical and empirical developments.  Both courses offer a focus particularly on the practical application of theory to inform decision-making.
You can enrol in these courses as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s degree in Public Policy or Public Management, or as single-course Certificates of Proficiency.
We are also offering the opportunity to take these courses for professional development (i.e. without assessment).
Please see the links to fliers for details of the courses, schedules and teachers.
All enquiries to Robyn McCallum robyn.mccallum@vuw.ac.nz