About Donal Curtin

Donal Curtin is an Auckland-based economic consultant. He served for 12 years on the New Zealand Commerce Commission, and was previously chief economist at BNZ.

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  1. Why are businesses still paying too much for power?

    The theory was unbundling electricity monopolies would increase competition and bring down power prices. It didn’t happen...

  2. Australia vs NZ fiscal policy: who wins the trans-Tasman cup?

    Fiscal policy ought to help manage an economy’s ups and downs. So who has played the fiscal policy game best over 20 years?...

  3. Big, bigger, beastly: How mega corporations threaten global markets

    Mega-mergers can deliver a raw deal for consumers and it’s time regulators looked at the real impact...

  4. 3½ reasons why inflation is stubbornly low

    Are central bankers really to blame for unusually low inflation? Growth could stay sluggish, despite their monetary policies...

  5. Is there any scope for multifactor productivity growth?

    Productivity has stagnated in Australia and New Zealand, but does that mean we have reached the limit of working smarter?...

  6. Frydenberg and Robertson need a change of bowling style

    When the fast bowlers of monetary policy can’t dislodge economic doldrums, it’s time to draft in some fiscal policy flippers...

  7. Who’s afraid of big, bad tech?

    Accused of privacy breaches and election meddling, big tech is under fire. But are Facebook and Google as bad as critics say?...

  8. Why the status quo is in for a hard time after COVID-19

    When we get to the other side of COVID-19 lockdowns, what, if anything, is likely to change?...

  9. Why we should push for more near-real-time numbers

    COVID-19 kick-started new ways to quickly measure the economic pulse of our nations. And that’s a good thing...

  10. Why slaying the inflation dragon isn’t good for business

    Double-digit inflation was a thing in the 1970s and ’80s. Today, inflation could hit zero – and that’s bad for business...

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