Arthur Grimes

Arthur is an economist and a Senior Fellow at Motu Research, Professor in the Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Government, and Chair of the Hugo Group. From 2003-2013 he was chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Chair and a Board Member of the Financial Markets Authority from 2011-2017.

Arthur specialises in two principal fields of research: (i) wellbeing economics, and (ii) urban economics. The intersection of the two – e.g. wellbeing effects of housing conditions, and the importance of amenities and infrastructure for quality of life in cities – is of particular interest. He has also undertaken research on productivity, economic reform and macroeconomics leveraging his prior policy experience at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

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Key publications

  1. He Kāinga Oranga: reflections on 25 years of measuring the improved health, wellbeing and sustainability of healthier housing.
    Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand,
  2. Fleming, D. Lebreton, L. Maré, D. Nunns, P.
    Valuing Sunshine
    Regional Science and Urban Economics
    68, 268-276
  3. Fabling, R.
    Picking up speed: Does ultrafast broadband increase firm productivity?

    Does adoption of ultrafast broadband result in productivity gains for New Zealand businesses? Are gains any higher when firms make complementary organisational investments?

  4. Preval, N. Young, C. Arnold, R. Denne, T.
    Does retrofitted insulation reduce household energy use? Theory and Practice.
    The Energy Journal
    37(4). DOI: 10.5547/01956574.37.4.agri
  5. Bergstrom, K. Stillman, S.
    Does Selling State Silver Generate Private Gold? Neighbourhood Impacts of State House Sales.
    Urban Studies
    51(6), 1257-1273
  6. Young, C.
    Spatial Effects of Urban Rail Upgrades.
    Journal of Transport Geography
    30, 1-6