Who decides what's crazy in the public debate on economic issues? Where does orthodoxy lie?

If you follow local business news closely, you'll know there are three major sources of economic analysis in this country.

There are the government agencies: Treasury and the Reserve Bank.

There are the bank economists: Westpac, ANZ, ASB, BNZ and KiwiBank, plus a few investment banks and auditors, that run research units with independence from corporate head office.


And then there are the independent think tanks.

The three biggest of those are the NZ Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), Business and Economic Research Ltd (BERL)


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