Harley Dale has over 20 years of experience as an economist. He began his career as an academic in the Department of Economics at the University of Auckland in 1991, following two years of part-time tutoring and lecturing while undertaking a Master of Arts in Economics with a sub-major in Political Studies. Mr Dale completed his Masters with First Class Honours, one of only three graduates to achieve this distinction out of a class of over 30 students. Over 1991 and 1992, Mr Dale combined economic consultancy work with two years of academic life across two tertiary institutions, while also assisting in the management of a private business operating in New Zealand’s entertainment industry. Since moving to Australia at the end of 1992 to take up an ANU PhD Scholarship, he has worked in academia, financial markets, economic consultancy, property development, education, and industry economics via the Housing Industry Association. Mr Dale maintains a keen interest in international economics and politics, particularly Southeast Asia and the Chinese economies (areas for which he has written two theses) and US politics.