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"Economists were created to make weather forecasters look good"

I am an Economist at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. My general research interests are empirical macro, monetary economics and time series econometrics. I have particular interests in macroeconometric issues such trend/cycle decompositions and the link between oil markets and the macroeconomy. I hold a Ph.D in Economics from The Australian National University (ANU). Many moons ago, The University of Queensland awarded me a Bachelor of Economics (Honours).

Economics Department
Reserve Bank of New Zealand
2 The Terrace
Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Tel: +(64) 4 471 3957
Email: benjamin[dot]wong[at]rbnz[dot]govt[dot]nz



What's New

  • New BIS Working Paper
    My paper with Güneş Kamber, "Global Factors and Trend Inflation", is now available as BIS Working Paper No 688. There is also a 140 character limit interpretation of our work on the BIS' twitter feed.
    Posted Jan 11, 2018, 4:04 PM by benjamin-wong@outlook.com
  • Presentation at ASSA meetings
    I will be presenting "Estimating and Accounting for the Output Gap With Large Bayesian Vector Autoregressions" (joint with James Morley) in the session organized by the SNDE at the ASSA meetings held in Philadelphia from January 5-7 2018. Program
    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 7:11 PM by benjamin-wong@outlook.com
  • New Working Paper and Code
    Posted "Historical Decompositions for Nonlinear Vector Autoregression Models". A general MATLAB function to calculate the decomposition for TVAR, STVAR, TVP-VAR etc can be downloaded together with a Threshold-VAR example.
    Posted Oct 24, 2017, 1:54 AM by benjamin-wong@outlook.com
  • Learned how to use annoucements!
    After 4 years, finally learned how to use this feature! Will be using it more often!
    Posted Oct 18, 2017, 1:59 AM by benjamin-wong@outlook.com
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