In the 30 years in which he has been writing the Listener’s economics column, Dr Brian Easton has reported on and analysed the evolution of the New Zealand economy, often predicting changes long before the conventional wisdom has recognised them. He holds positions in four New Zealand universities, has written many books, has worked as a consultant, advised the New Zealand government and is a Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Association of Economists. He brings a wide range of experiences in economics, social statistics and public policy as well as interests in history, literature and science to his columns. He is currently writing a history of New Zealand from an economic perspective. His archival website is at www.eastonbh.ac.nz.