Economic Weekly: It’s a long game

  • Victoria’s weekend announcement of added measures to counter COVID-19 reinforces what a challenge the world is facing in combatting the virus and also how quickly a promising outcome can so easily be derailed.
  • NZ has been very fortunate that so much of its economy has got back to a new version of normal relatively quickly.
  • Meantime we need to be mindful that economic outcomes are not instant even in a world that demands instant gratification or verification, and that there are more challenges than normal in measuring some types of economic activity.

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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.