Wellbeing Economics: Future Directions for New Zealand
by Paul Dalziel & Caroline Saunders (BWB Texts, paper $14.99; e-book $4.99)
Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in New Zealand
by Shamubeel Eaqub (BWB Texts, paper $14.99; e-book $4.99)
Reviewed by Marlene Ware
Editor’s Note: This post is the first in a series of reviews of books in the BWB Texts series.
Shamubeel Eaqub’s research, as outlined in Growing Apart, suggests that although we are one country, the regions of that country are worlds apart – some areas are comparable to the thriving economies of Finland or Saudi Arabia, while others are more like emerging economies – Timor-Leste, Greece and the Seychelles are mentioned. What’s more, the household income gaps between these regions are continuing to widen, as some areas stagnate whilst others prosper.
Some of the important contributing forces are beyond our control, for example, globalization, urbanization, technological advances and the ageing population. Other factors relate to differences in regional economies themselves: some are large and diverse, while others are small and specialized; some have varied opportunities for employment, while unemployment is high in others.