Keith Rankin

I am a political economist and economic historian
living in Auckland, New Zealand.
I lecture in economics at Unitec New Zealand.

The Rankin File (includes commentary and op-ed articles)
Political Economy (includes reflections on Global Financial Crisis)
Economic Concepts (4th edition of textbook Economic Concepts and Applications)
 

Papers to 2002


Public Property Rights - a Sustainable Path, Pacific Ecologist 3, Spring 2002
 


Submission to the 2001 Tax Review Committee, 31 July 2001
 


Capitalism, Labourism and Environmentalism, Pacific World 59, December 2000
 


Submission to the 2000 MMP Review Parliamentary Committee, 30 July 2000
 


review of Reclaiming the Future: New Zealand and the Global Economy (1999), by Jane Kelsey;
Evening Post, 24 Sep 1999

 


review of The Whimpering Of The State (1999), by Brian Easton;
Evening Post, 8 Oct 1999

 


"Cosmopolitan Protection"; an Oxymoron?
Paper for the Symposium The Global Society: Issues and Challenges for New Zealand, Massey University, Albany Campus, 13 February 1999

 


Fiscal and Welfare Barriers to Effective Fatherhood [pdf];
in Perspectives on Fathering, Stuart Birks and Paul Callister (eds),
paper #4, Centre for Public Policy Evaluation (CPPE), School of Business, Massey University; April 1999
 


review of "The Grip of Death, a Study of Modern Money, Debt Slavery and Destructive Economics" (1998), by Michael Rowbotham;
International Journal of Social Economics (1999) 26(6):818-820

 


Ideas for New Zealand Industry
chapter from Manufacturing Prosperity; Ideas for Industry, Technology and Employment; Federation Press NSW, April 1998.

 


A Code of Social Responsibility as a Social Contract
Paper presented to the "Social Responsibility Conference, Massey University, Albany Campus; 12-15 February 1998.

 


The Collective Valuation of Unpaid and Underpaid Work
Paper presented to the "Work, Family and the State" Conference, held at Hokowhitu Campus, Massey University, 28-30 November 1997.

 


A New Fiscal Contract? Constructing a Universal Basic Income and a Social Wage.
published in the Social Policy Journal of New Zealand 9:55-65 (November 1997).

 


Social Wage Tax Credits: a path to a Universal Basic Income.
Paper to the Beyond Poverty Conference, March 1997, at Massey University, Albany Campus, Auckland.

 


Constructing a Social Wage and a Social Dividend from New Zealand's tax-benefit system
paper presented to the Basic Income European Network (BIEN) international conference, Vienna, Austria; 12-14 September 1996.

 


The Factor Distribution of Income: a New Perspective on a Matter of Classical Importance
Paper presented to the "New Perspectives in Economics" conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists, Auckland, 26-28 August 1996.

 


New Zealand's Economy
Presentation to RNZAF Officer School, Whenuapai, 6 August 1996.

 


The Social Wage as a Definitive Component of Political Parties' Philosophies
Paper presented to the Conference of the New Zealand Political Studies Association, 8-10 July 1996.

 


New Zealand 1995: A Miracle Economy?
Policy Discussion Paper No.19, Department of Economics, University of Auckland (1995).

 


John Carruthers' Common Wealth: An 1870s' explanation for wealth concentration in the 1980s
Paper presented to the Eighth Conference of the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 12-14 July 1995.

 


Generational Inequality? The New Zealand Census of Incomes from 1926 to 1991, Paper for the 1995 Conference of the Economic History Association of Australia and New Zealand; University of Melbourne, March 31-April 2.
 


How Great was the Depression in New Zealand? Neglected Estimates of Inter-war Aggregate Income: Comment, New Zealand Economic Papers, 1994, v28, pp.205-9.
 


Unemployment in New Zealand at the Peak of the Great Depression
Published in 1995 as Working Paper 144, Economics Department, University of Auckland. Written for the conference of the Economic History Association of Australia and New Zealand, University of New England, Armidale NSW, July 1994.

 


Three Nineteenth Century New Zealand Contributions to Economic Thought
Paper presented to the Seventh Conference of the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, 13-15 July 1993.
 


The New Zealand Workforce: 1950-2000, New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations 18(2):214-235; (1993).
 


Manufacturing Output in New Zealand: 1870-1940, Paper for the 1992 Conference of the Economic History Association of Australia and New Zealand, Perth, July 8-10.
 


New Zealand's Gross National Product: 1859-1939 Review of Income and Wealth 38(1):49-69 (1992).
 


The Universal Welfare State; incorporating proposals for a Universal Basic Income Policy Discussion Paper 12, Department of Economics, University of Auckland, October 1991
 


New Zealand's Labour Supply in a Long Term Perspective in Long Run Perspectives on the New Zealand Economy, vol.2, Proceedings of the Sesquicentennial Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists, Auckland, August 1990; (1991).
 


Papers from 2002


Public Equity and Social Assistance, 5 May 2016
 


Universal Basic Income and Public Equity, presentation to the Fabian Society of New Zealand, Auckland; 23 February 2016
 


Using Intersectoral Financial Balances to aid Forecasting and Policymaking, 2 Jul 2014; presentation to the Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists Auckland, Auckland University of Technology   [slides]
 


Private Sector Financial Balances 1980-2012, 15 Feb 2014; presentation to the Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History Conference, Hamilton   [slides]
 


New Zealand's Income Tax in the Rollercoaster Muldoon Years: 1967-84, 14 Feb 2014; presentation to the Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History Conference, Hamilton   [slides]
 


The Economic Environment: Teaching Exchange Rates and Balance of Payments in the Context of the Eurozone Crisis, 2 Oct 2012; presentation to the 2012 conference of the New Zealand Association of Business Education, Hamilton   [slides]
 


"Prospects for Tax-Benefit Reform in New Zealand that Incorporates a Basic Income". In Basic Income Worldwide: Horizons of Reform. Palgrave Macmillan (2012) ISBN 978-0-230-28542-2.
 


Circular Flow: Drawing Further Inspiration from William Harvey, 29 Jun 2012; paper presented to the 2012 conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists, Palmerston North   [presentation]
 


When earthquakes are most affordable, 6 Dec 2011; paper presented to the 2011 conference of the Society of Heterodox Economics, Sydney
 


"Sustaining Personal Taxation: Use of Flat Taxes and Refundable Tax Credits to raise Equity and Labour Productivity". In A. Maples and A. Sawyer eds. (2011) Taxation Issues: Existing and Emerging. 67-75. Christchurch, New Zealand: The Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law Inc.
 


Mercantilist Reasoning in Economic Policy Making, 30 Jun 2011; paper presented to the 2011 conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists, Wellington
 


Basic Income Flat Tax and Public Property Rights, 30 Jun 2011; paper presented to the 2011 conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists, Wellington
 


Welfare Reform: Changing the Way we Account for Taxes and Benefits, 10 Sep 2010; (full proceedings accessible from here, cpag.org.nz)
 


Vendor Finance and the Global Financial Crisis seminar presentation (PowerPoint), Department of Accounting and Finance, Unitec; 9 July 2010
 


Krugman on the Malaise of Modern Macro: Critique Without Alternative Agenda (2010) 17(1):95-100
 


Macroeconomic Concepts and Applications: Paying Attention to Basic Relationships Through Circular Flow Analysis 28 June 2010, Proceedings of the ATEC 2010 conference (pp.95-102), University of Waikato  (PowerPoint presentation)
 


Tax Reform using Refundable and Non-Refundable Credits seminar presentation (PowerPoint), Department of Accounting and Finance, Unitec; 14 May 2010
 


Use It or Lose It Understanding Recurring Financial Crises through a Circular Flow Balance of Payments Analysis 8 Feb 2010
 


review of "We Won, You Lost, Eat That" (2008), by Paul Goldsmith; New Zealand Journal of History (2009) 43(1):89-91
 


Escaping the Welfare Mess? with Susan St John 31 March 2009 Working Paper 267, Economics Dept., Business School, University of Auckland
   press release on Scoop 22 April 2009 "Welfare Mess" Needs Review
 


Personal Tax Cuts and Recession Assistance Policies: 2009-2011 New Zealand Journal of Taxation Law and Policy 15(1):9-16, March 2009.
 


review of "A Biographical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Economists" (2007), ed. J.E. King; Agenda (2008) 15(2):101-104
 


review of "The Myth of the Great Depression" (2006), by David Potts; Agenda (2007) 14(2):189-191
 


Oral Submission to NZ Parliament Finance and Expenditure Select Committee on Monetary Policy 5 Sept 2007 (written submission)
   (Dominion-Post report "Academic urges NZ to relax on inflation" 6 Sept)

 


An Income Tax Proposal for New Zealand New Zealand Journal of Taxation Law and Policy 13(1):10-19, March 2007.
   (Independent Financial Review article summarising proposal)

 


New Zealand Income Tax Policy 1973-1982 and its Legacy New Zealand Journal of Taxation Law and Policy 12(1):10-18, March 2006.
   (Unitec seminar PowerPoint file)

 


Submission to the Select Committee Inquiry into the 2004 Local Authority Elections (word file), 23 February 2005
 


Economics 101, On-Line Learning and Copyright (pdf file), Economic Education Conference, Adelaide, July 2004
 


University Research: where Gift and Market Economics Meet New Zealand Journal of Tertiary Education Policy 1; June 2004
 


Accounting for God's and Others' Gifts, A New New Zealand June 2004 (pdf)
 


Autistic Economics?, Journal of Australian Political Economy 50, Dec 2002; pp.10-13
 


 

email:   keithi@irankinfile.co.nz