Brian Easton is well known as an economist, a profession which he arrived at through a scientific route at the University of Canterbury (he is the only NZ economist with a D.Sc.) in the days when the university was deeply affected by the scepticism of Karl Popper.
Since then, he has worked in a wide variety of areas in economics, social statistics, public policy and history (he is writing a history of NZ from and economic perspective), yet he has never abandoned the scepticism of a scientist.
A critique of economics as a science and its role in public policy from one of the most well placed New Zealanders to provide one.
Brian’s speech can be listened to below: