Survey on New Zealanders’ Attitudes Towards and Knowledge of Macroeconomic Policy Issues: Documentation of Survey Methodology and Descriptive Results

MAGKS No. 30-2016

52 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2017

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Bernd Hayo

University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics

Florian Neumeier

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Date Written: July 19, 2016

Abstract

This paper provides background information and basic descriptive statistics for a representative survey of the New Zealand population conducted on our behalf by Research New Zealand in May 2016. The survey addresses important fiscal and monetary policy issues, including: (1) public preferences for public debt and fiscal consolidation; (2) awareness of the government’s Fiscal Strategy Report; (3) citizens’ monitoring of and reaction to inflation and their inflation expectation formation; (4) knowledge and support for the Policy Target Agreement between the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the government; (5) trust in economic institutions; and (6) indicators for (macro)economic literacy, that is, objective and subjective knowledge about variables and institutions relevant for macroeconomic policy.

Keywords: Household survey ∙ New Zealand, Fiscal policy, Public debt, Monetary policy, Public preferences, Economic literacy

JEL Classification: E52, E58, E62, H31, Z18

Suggested Citation

Hayo, Bernd and Neumeier, Florian, Survey on New Zealanders’ Attitudes Towards and Knowledge of Macroeconomic Policy Issues: Documentation of Survey Methodology and Descriptive Results (July 19, 2016). MAGKS No. 30-2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2922984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2922984

Bernd Hayo (Contact Author)

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Florian Neumeier

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

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