Shamubeel Eaqub


Shamubeel Eaqub is an experienced economist who makes economics easy. He is a thought leader unafraid to take a contrarian view.

He is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker. He is a regular and respected contributor to media, government and business sector discussions on economic and strategic matters.

He holds a BCOM with honours in Economics from Lincoln University and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).



Selected presentations

National Māori Housing Conference (2023)

Economic & labour outlook for Beyond Recruitment (2020)

Post Covid world and Asia for NA-CAPE (2020)

Housing crisis for NZ Planning Institute (2017)

Selected opinion columns on Stuff, Radio NZ & The Spinoff

Published books

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Generation Rent: Rethinking New Zealand's Priorities (2015)

The decline of home ownership has struck at the heart of the Kiwi dream – so perhaps it is time to fashion a new one.

House prices may boom or bust but the long-term trend is clear: for more New Zealanders than ever, home ownership is out of reach. Incomes simply have not kept pace with skyrocketing property prices. ‘Generation Rent’ calls into question priorities at the heart of New Zealand’s identity.

In this BWB Text, Shamubeel and Selena Eaqub investigate how we ended up here, and what can be done to ensure all New Zealanders – home owners and renters alike – live in affordable and secure housing.  

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Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in New Zealand (2014)

If we rank our regions internationally, Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury are comparable to France, Finland and Saudi Arabia respectively. But the smaller regions look like Timor-Leste (Northland), Greece (Manawatu-Whanganui and Gisborne) or other emerging economies such as Cyprus and the Seychelles.

The gaps between New Zealand’s regions are increasing. Many local economies are stagnating, some are faced with grave decline and just a select few are advancing. Deep-seated economic forces are driving these tectonic-like shifts. High-profile economist Shamubeel Eaqub uncovers these forces and what they mean for the changing economic fortunes of our regions, and the future of New Zealand. 

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The New Zealand Economy: An Introduction (2011)

What drives economic growth in New Zealand? How have we been impacted by globalisation and the financial crisis? And what will shape our future productivity and competitiveness?

In this book leading economists Ralph Lattimore and Shamubeel Eaqub bring together key data to provide a readable and analytical introduction to the contemporary New Zealand economy.

Small and open, the New Zealand economy is frequently buffeted by changing international commodity prices and interest rates as well as shifts in domestic policy. To make sense of our dynamic economy, Lattimore and Eaqub interpret data on key economic indicators over time – GDP and interest rates, population, employment and productivity levels, trade and investment, government accounts. They focus particularly on two issues of key importance to contemporary New Zealand: globalisation and the rise of the Asian economies over the past thirty years; and the origins and continuing effects of the 2007–08 Global Financial Crisis.

The New Zealand Economy includes case studies by Professors Gary Hawke and Philip McCann.

Rich with local data and case studies, The New Zealand Economy is a clear and concise assessment of the current structure and performance of New Zealand’s economy from a historical and global perspective. The book is an ideal supplementary text for undergraduates and MBA students as well as a pocket primer for New Zealanders involved in business and policy.