Norman Gemmell was appointed as the first Chair in Public Finance (CPF) at Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in November 2011, having previously been Chief Economist and Principal Adviser (Tax) at The New Zealand Treasury (2007-11), and an Assistant Director of the UK Inland Revenue’s Analysis & Research Department (2003-06).
Norman also helped set up, and participated in, the 2009-10 VUW Tax Working Group which advised the New Zealand Minister of Finance on the major tax reforms included in his 2010 Budget.
Norman gained his BA (Honours, Economics) and PhD in economics from the University of Durham, UK and has held academic positions at the University of Durham, Australian National University and, most recently, at the University of Nottingham where he was Professorial Research Fellow (1999-2007), Professor of Development Economics (1996-99) and Reader in Economic Development (1990-96). Norman has also held visiting positions at the Universities of Oxford (2007), Melbourne (1998-2006), Warwick (1995) and West Florida (1999), the Australian National University (1995), the New Zealand Treasury (2003) and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, Germany (2011).
Norman’s research interests cover a range of topics across economics and political economy but mainly in the areas of public finance (taxation, public expenditure and public debt) and economic growth. He has authored several books and numerous journal articles in these areas including the recent Modelling Corporation Tax Revenue (with John Creedy; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010) and articles in such peer-reviewed journals as the American Economic Review, Economic Journal, European Journal of Political Economy, International Tax and Public Finance, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, National Tax Journal, and Journal of Development Economics. He also writes on public finance policy topics in policy journals, magazines and newspapers such as the New Zealand Herald.
Norman has also acted as a consultant to a number of international organisations including several UK and New Zealand government departments, United National Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), EU Commission, UN University (WIDER, Helsinki), the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF and the World Bank. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Institute for Public Finance World Congress to be held in Sicily, 2013.