A Few Hares to Chase: The Life and Economics of Bill Phillips

Alan Bollard

‘Bill Phillips was an inventor, an adventurer, a hero and a relentlessly original thinker. He was the Indiana Jones of economics and Alan Bollard has written a definitive biography.’ Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist and The Undercover Economist Strikes Back


How did an electrician from New Zealand with a few mediocre grades in sociology write the second most cited economics article in the world, build the MONIAC – a revolutionary computing machine – and quickly rise to become one of the world’s leading economists? From a remote Dannevirke farm to wartime POW camps to London’s intellectual world, the Bill Phillips story is a true New Zealand tale of adventurous spirit and can-do energy.



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Alan Bollard is the executive director of the APEC Secretariat in Singapore, former governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and secretary of the Treasury, and author of 25 books and monographs including most recently Crisis: One Central Bank Governor and the Global Financial Collapse (Auckland University Press, 2010).

April 2016, 216 x 138 mm, 296 pages, NZ & Australian rights only
Paperback, ISBN 978 1 86940 829 9, $39.99