Economic Weekly: As you were, in 140 words

  • Economists do have a tendency to use more words than they need to – apparently.  That was the case, and also not the case, with last week’s Monetary Policy Review
  • The policy assessment statement was the shortest it has probably ever been, at 140 words.  That is brevity for summing up and outlining a policy decision
  • On the other hand, the RBNZ could have taken the ultimate productivity step be simply using four words: “please see February’s statement”

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Mark Smith

Senior Economist

Mark joined ASB in 2017, with over 20 years of public and private sector experience working as an economist in New Zealand and the UK.

His resume includes lengthy stints at ANZ and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and he has also worked at the Bank of England, HM Treasury and the New Zealand Transport Agency. Mark's areas of specialisation include interest rate strategy, macro-economic analysis and urban economics.

Born and bred in the Waikato, Mark studied at Waikato University where he graduated with a Master of Social Sciences, majoring in Economics.

Mark's key strengths are the ability to use his extensive experience, inquisitive nature, analytical ability, creativity and pragmatism to dig a little deeper and to deliver common sense solutions to tackle complex problems.

When not at work Mark likes to travel, keep fit and spend time with his friends and family.