Upcoming GEN Seminars

GEN seminars are free to attend and open to anyone with an interest, including the public.  If you are a member of the media and wish to attend our events please notify us in advance by email at info@gen.org.nz.


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The Treasury and GEN

Guest Lecturer William Strange
The Changing Economies of Cities: Real Estate Markets in an Uneven World
Economic activity is distributed unevenly across space.  A range of forces are involved in the process by which agglomeration affects productivity.  This presentation will discuss modern approaches to Marshallian agglomeration economies in labor, input, and knowledge markets.  It will also consider the implications of agglomeration economies for real estate markets, including both housing markets and the construction of tall buildings.
About Prof William Strange:
SmartCentres Professor of Real Estate, Rotman School of Management and Department of Economics, University of Toronto.
William Strange is SmartCentres Professor of Real Estate, Rotman School of Management and Department of Economics, University of Toronto.  He is a past-President and holder of other senior offices with the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.  He is an editor of Journal of Urban Economics of volumes of the Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics. 
Professor Strange's research concerns urban economics and real estate and he has published on agglomeration, "private government," and on issues pertinent to real estate investment.  His research has been published in a range of leading journals including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Macroeconomics, and Real Estate Economics.  

Date: Tuesday 11 July 2017
Venue: Level 5, The Treasury, 1 The Terrace, Wellington
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
RSVP: Treasury.Academiclinkages@treasury.govt.nz   by Monday 10 July 2017
Please RSVP with your name and email address 


Productivity Hub


Encouraging Water Trading in England and Wales
David Black
Senior Director, Water 2020, Ofwat
Date: 10.00 – 11.30, Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Venue: New Zealand Productivity Commission, Level 15, Fujitsu Tower, 141 The Terrace
RSVP: hubsecretariat@productivity.govt.nz
Please note that RSVPs are essential and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

David is a senior director at Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water sector in England and Wales. He is leading the Water 2020 programme covering wholesale markets and design of PR 19. He was a member of the 2014 price review delivery board and led the finance and modelling work streams for this price review. David joined Ofwat in July 2012. Prior to joining Ofwat, David held a number of roles in economic consulting, advising on issues such as access and wholesale regulation and pricing, cost benefit analysis, vertical integration and the cost of capital. Prior to consulting, David was an economist at Oftel and the New Zealand Treasury and NZ Commerce Commission.