Arthur is a Senior Fellow at Motu Research, Professor in the Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Government, and Chair of the Hugo Group. He was Reserve Bank of New Zealand Chair from 2003–2013 and a Board Member of the Financial Markets Authority from 2011-2017.
Prior to joining Motu, Arthur was Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (Victoria University of Wellington), Chief Executive of Southpac, and Chief Economist at both the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the National Bank of New Zealand. He completed his PhD in Economics at the London School of Economics in 1987 following his BSocSc(Hons) at University of Waikato. In 2005, Arthur was awarded the NZIER Economics Award recognising excellence in economics related to New Zealand’s economic welfare. He received a Distinguished Alumni award from University of Waikato in 2014 and was awarded the NZ-UK Link Visiting Professorship to the University of London in 2013.
Arthur’s current research focuses on urban economics (including housing and infrastructure), and the economics of wellbeing and public policy.