Event 98 - CANCELLED
ECONOMICS AT THE FRONT: ALAN BOLLARD
The period of 1935-1955 was a time of conflict, confrontation, and destruction. In Economists at War: How a Handful of Economists Helped Win and Lose the World Wars, Alan Bollard looks at the human stories of a group of remarkable economists who helped their countries in battle and reconstruction during the Chinese-Japanese War, World War II, and the Cold War. Bollard zeroes in on seven influential finance ministers, advisors and central bankers – from China, Japan, Germany, the UK, USSR, and US – who, while going about their business, were variously threatened, imprisoned, and assassinated. Bollard has stuck to his knitting: he is an economist at Victoria University, was the governor of the Reserve Bank from 2002-2012, and wrote Crisis: One Central Bank Governor and the Global Financial Crisis. In his spare time he paints watercolours. With Fran O’Sullivan.