Condliffe Memorial Lecture

The Condliffe Memorial Lecture was instituted in 2005 to honour John Bell Condliffe (pictured right) who became the first Professor of Economics at Canterbury University College in 1921.

John Bell Condliffe was born in Melbourne in 1891 and came to New Zealand at the age of thirteen. He took his M.A. with First Class Honours in Economics at Canterbury University College, worked for a time in the Customs Department and the Government Statistician's Office and was appointed Lecturer in Economics at Canterbury University College in 1916. He enlisted the same year, went to France and after the armistice was a research student at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he was awarded the Sir Thomas Gresham Studentship. During his absence on military service his position was filled by Sir Douglas Copland, who rose to distinction as Professor of Economics at Melbourne University.

Condliffe became the first Professor of Economics at Canterbury University College in 1921, succeeding Sir James Hight who held the Chair of History and Economics until the Chairs were separated in September 1919. In 1927 he resigned the Chair to become the first Research Secretary of the Institute of Pacific Relations in Honolulu. In 1931 he joined the secretariat of the League of Nations and wrote the first six issues of the League's World Economic Survey. After two years as Professor of Commerce in the London School of Economics he became professor of Economics at the University of California from 1940-1958. On his retirement he served for two years as Adviser to the National Council of Applied Economic Research in New Delhi and then joined the Stanford Research Institute until 1970.

He wrote several books on New Zealand, the most important being New Zealand in the Making (1930), The Welfare State in New Zealand (1960), and te Rangi Hiroa: The Life of Sir Peter Buck (1972). In 1939 he was awarded the Howland Prize by Yale University, and in 1960 the American Political Science Association awarded him the Wendell L. Wilkie Prize for The Commerce of Nations. Condliffe returned to Christchurch in 1973 to participate in the centennial celebrations. As an Erskine Visiting Fellow he delivered four lectures at the University of Canterbury which were to be subsequently published under the title Defunct Economists (1974).

The lecture series brings leading economists to Canterbury to provide a public lecture highlighting their recent work and its relevance to the broader business and policy community. The Condliffe Memorial Lecture is hosted by the Department of Economics and Finance and all staff, students, alumni and the public are welcome to attend.

Time/DateSpeakerTalk TitleLocation
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:30:00 NZST
Andrew Atkeson
A Historical Perspective on the Challenge of Regulating Large Banks
LAW 108 Lecture Theatre, Business and Law Building, University of Canterbury
Tue, 04 Jul 2017 17:30:00 NZST
Janet Currie
Early Life and the Roots of Economic Inequality
LAWS 108 Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor Business & Law Building, University of Canterbury
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:00:00 NZDT
Terry Anderson
Environmental Markets: Lessons from and for Fisheries Management
LAW 108 Lecture Theatre, Business and Law Building, University of Canterbury
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:00:00 NZST
David Card
The Economics of Immigration and Immigration Reform
C3 Lecture Theatre, University of Canterbury
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:30:00 NZST
Edward Glaeser
What if… Our cities vanished?
Undercroft 101, James Hight Building, Ilam Campus, University of Canterbury
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:00:00 NZDT
John H. Cochrane
What if governments can't pay their debts?
University of Canterbury
Sun, 25 Sep 2011 18:30:00 NZDT
Martin Weitzman
Why is the economics of climate change so difficult and controversial?
University of Canterbury
Sun, 08 Aug 2010 18:00:00 NZST
Charles Plott
The emergence of economics as a laboratory sciences
University of Canterbury
Fri, 16 Oct 2009 19:00:00 NZDT
Hal Varian
Computer mediated transactions
University of Canterbury
Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:08:00 NZST
Joel Slemrod
Tax policy in the real world
University of Canterbury
Wed, 23 May 2007 18:00:00 NZST
Mark Blaug
Congestion Charges: the solution to traffic problems?
University of Canterbury
Tue, 25 Jul 2006 18:00:00 NZST
Gene Grossman
Trading Tasks: It's Not Wine for Cloth Anymore
University of Canterbury
Sat, 25 Jun 2005 17:30:00 NZST
Jerry Hausman
Consumer Benefits from Increased Competition in Shopping Outlets: Measuring the Effect of Wal-Mart
University of Canterbury