Upcoming events hosted by the Chair in Public Finance at Victoria University of Wellington
The New Zealand Dividend Psyche: Dividend policies and imputation
The Chair in Public Finance and EY invite you to join them for this seminar on Monday 23 November
Tax has a major impact on corporate dividend policy. In-depth interviews with 25 New Zealand corporates and 12 investor groups underpin EY’s report Imputation and the New Zealand Dividend Psyche. Join us for this session covering the report’s major findings on corporate behaviours.
What drives the dividend policies of New Zealand’s largest corporates? How much does our imputation system drive pay outs?
This seminar will cover:
EY’s research – relevance, key findings, methodology
Imputation and dividend yield – how New Zealand stack-ups internationally
Corporate, investor and policy views on the imputation system
Andy Archer, Tax Partner, EY, report author
Matt Benge, Chief Economist, Inland Revenue
Professor Norman Gemmell, Chair in Public Finance, Victoria Business School
Monday 23 November
Seminar from 4pm to 5.30pm, followed by drinks and networking
Level 21, 100 Willis Street
Places are limited, so RSVP today.
2015 Festive debate
The Chair in Public Finance and Government Economics Network invite you to join them for debate and networking event on Wedensday 9 December
THIS HOUSE BELIEVES “YOU CAN PUT A PRICE ON HAPPINESS (EVEN AT CHRISTMAS)”
“Christmas is the happiest time of the year”. Can we be sure about this? Do policymakers need a measure of happiness at Christmas? And could measures of happiness tell us precisely how much happier Christmas makes us?
An analysis along these lines has practical implications. It could enable a more robust Cost Benefit Analysis of the Christmas extravaganza and provide insight into the impact of the season on measures like GDP and Living Standards.
No doubt there will be challenges in measuring how happy Christmas makes us. How should we deal with exchanges that do not usually have market prices attached to them? And what about any possible externalities from activities like carol singing?
At this debate speakers will outline the arguments for and against the view that “you can put a price on happiness (even at Christmas)”. This will be followed by refreshments.
Speaking for the motion is Professor Arthur Grimes, Senior Fellow at Motu and Professor of Economics at University of Auckland
Speaking against the motion is Dr Veronica Jacobsen, Chair of the Government Economics Network
The debate will be chaired and commentated by Professor Norman Gemmell, Chair in Public Finance at Victoria University of Wellington
Wednesday 9 December
Seminar from 4pm to 5pm, followed by drinks and networking
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Stout Street, Ground floor, rooms G-01, G-02
RSVP by 2 December.