Going Places

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Book 37
Bridget Williams Books
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Migration and the movement of people is one of the critical issues confronting the world’s nations in the twenty-first-century.

This book is about the economic contribution of migration to and from New Zealand, one of the most frequently discussed aspects of the debate. Can immigration, in economic terms, be more than a gap filler for the labour market and help as well with national economic transformation? And what is the evidence on the effect of migration not just on house prices but also on jobs, trade or broader economic performance?

Building on Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision of New Zealand as a place ‘where talent wants to live’, this book explores how we can attract skilled, creative and entrepreneurial people born in other countries, and whether our ‘seventeenth region’ – the more than 600,000 New Zealanders living abroad – can be a greater national asset.
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About the author

Julie Fry is a consulting economist who divides her time between New York and a family farm near Motueka. She has worked on migration policy issues since the early 1990s, designing programmes and advising agencies including The Treasury, Te Puni Kōkiri, and HM Treasury in London. Julie has Masters degrees in economics from both the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, and she received a Nuffield Fellowship to research discrimination issues at the University of Warwick in Coventry.

Hayden Glass is a consultant with the Sapere Research Group, an Australasian firm with its headquarters in Wellington. He has long been interested in the economics of immigration and has worked on various aspects of the issues over time, including for The Treasury and for MBIE.

Hayden is also the COO of Figure.NZ (formerly Wiki New Zealand), a social enterprise focused on making New Zealand’s public data easier to find and easier to use in pursuit of a country where everyone uses data in their daily lives.

Hayden has a Masters in Law and a BA from Canterbury University. He has also studied mathematics and economics.
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Publisher
Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
Mar 15, 2016
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Pages
190
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ISBN
9780947492700
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Economic Conditions
Social Science / Emigration & Immigration
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