Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

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Senior Associate


BA Hons VUW ; MPhil Oxford ; DPhil Oxford


Geoff Bertram was until June 2009 a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Victoria.  His research interests include regulation of public utility industries such as electricity, gas and telecommunications; economic and political development of small island societies with a particular focus on the Pacific; the design of policies to address climate change; and the long-run evolution of the New Zealand economy.  He has over 100 publications including more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters. He served on the Council of the International Association for Energy Economics from 2005 to 2007 and convened the Association’s annual conference in Wellington in 2007.  He has been a member of the editorial boards of a number of international journals including World Development 1992-97, Environment and Development Economics 1996-2006, and Asia Pacific Viewpoint since 1976. He speaks regularly at international conferences on energy, climate change and small-island issues.

Publications include

'Kicking the Fossil Fuel Habit: New Zealand's Ninety Percent Target for Renewable Electricity', Chapter 14 in F.P. Sioshansi (ed.) Generating Electricity in a Carbon Constrained World, Elsevier, Netherlands, 2009.

‘The banks, the current account, the financial crisis, and the outlook’, Policy Quarterly Vol.5 No 1 (February 2009) pp.9-16.

‘The beak of the finch: insights into the economic development of small economies’, The Round Table, 98, 401 (April 2009), pp.141–160.

‘New Zealand’s Overseas Debt, the Banks, and the Crisis’, Cafca Foreign Control Watchdog No 120, May 2009.

‘The New Zealand Economy', 1900-2000’ in Giselle Burns (ed.) The New Oxford History of New Zealand, Oxford Unviersity Press, Wellington, 2009.

The Carbon Challenge:  Response, Responsibility, and the Emissions Trading Scheme', with Simon Terry, Wellington: Sustainability Council, 2008.

‘Reappraising the Legacy of Colonialism: A Response to Feyrer and Sacerdote’, Island Studies Journal 2(2): 239-254, 2007.

“Island Political Economy”, with Bernard Poirine, Chapter 10 in Baldacchino, G. (ed.) A World of Islands, Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island, 2007, pp.325-377.

'Exclusionary Bundling, Predatory Pricing, and Section 36: Carter Holt Harvey Products Group Ltd v Commerce Commission', Waikato Law Review, 14, December 2006, pp. 17-33.

'Restructuring of the New Zealand Electricity Sector, 1984-2005', chapter 7  in International experience in restructured electricity markets: What works, what does not, and why?, edited by Sioshansi, FP and Pfaffenberger, W, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2006, pp. 203-234.

Beyond MIRAB: The Political Economy of Small Islands in the Twenty-First Century, special issue of Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 47(1), April 2006.

“On the Convergence of Small Island Economies with their Metropolitan Patrons”, World Development 32(2): 343-364, February 2004.

“New Zealand Since 1984: Elite Succession, Income Distribution and Economic Growth in a Small Trading Economy” Geojournal 59(2): 93-106, February 2004.

“Factor Income Shares, the Banking Sector, the Exchange Rate, and the New Zealand Current Account Deficit”, New Zealand Economic Papers 36(2): 177-198, December 2002.

“Core-periphery Linkages and Income in Small South Pacific Island Economies”, with O. Karagedikli, Chapter 6 in Poot, J. (ed) On the Edge of the Global Economy (Edward Elgar, 2004), pp.106-122.

“Perú 1930-1960”, Chapter 1 in Bethell, L. (ed), Historia de América Latina 16: Los Países Andinos Desde 1930, Barcelona, Editorial Crítica, 2002, pp. 3 -104.

“Economy”, Chapter 28 in Rapaport, M. (ed) The Pacific Islands: Environment and Society, Bess Press, Hawaii, 1999.

“The MIRAB Model Twelve Years On”, The Contemporary Pacific 11(1):105-138, Spring 1998.

“Tradeable Emission Quotas and the Control of Greenhouse Gases” in Tietenberg, T. (ed.) The Economics of Global Warming, Edward Elgar International Library of Critical Writings in Economics Vol.74, Cheltenham, UK, 1997.

"Macroeconomic Debate and Economic Growth in Postwar New Zealand", Chapter 3 in The Political Economy of New Zealand, ed. C. Rudd and B. Roper, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1997.

“Modelling the Effects on the New Zealand Economy of the Use of Economic Instruments to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions”, in. Greenhouse: Coping with Climate Change,  ed. W.J. Bouma,  G.I.Pearman,  and M.R. Manning, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, VIC, 1996, pp.586-606.

"Tradeable Emission Quotas, Technical Progress and Climate Change", Environment and Development Economics 1(4):461-483, 1996.