Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich

Upon leaving Policy Exchange Oliver emigrated to Australia, where he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies, Australia’s largest independent think tank. He is now the Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative, an independent, non-partisan public policy think tank.Oliver was born in 1975 and studied Business Administration and Economics at Bochum University (Germany). After graduating with a Master’s Degree, he completed a PhD in Law at the universities of Bochum and Sydney (Australia) while working as a Researcher at the Institute of Commercial Law of Bonn University (Germany).Having published his award-winning thesis with Herbert Utz Verlag (Munich) in March 2004, Oliver moved to London to support Lord Matthew Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay during the process of the Pensions Bill. During his time with Policy Exchange, Oliver oversaw research into economic competitiveness, housing and welfare and was the UK Representative for the German think tank the Institute for Free Enterprise.

Related Publications

When Hassle Means Help

When Hassle Means Help, with contributions from international welfare experts, examines why conditionality works well in other countries, such as the US, Sweden and Germany – why it isn’t working in the UK – and how governments can most effectively get people back into work.

Cities Unlimited

In their third report in the series on regeneration in the UK, Cities Unlimited, Tim Leunig and James Swaffield recommend a series of radical proposals that would reverse the trend of decline in the North and inject a much needed momentum back into regeneration policy.

Paying for Success: How to make contracting out work in employment services

This report examines five countries that have reformed the way in which they provide employment services to jobseekers: Australia, the United States (Wisconsin), Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Success and the City: Learning from International Urban Policies

This report looks at and evaluates the different approaches to urban regeneration practised in the UK and abroad and proposes policy recommendations for the effective regeneration of deprived urban areas.

Quelling the Pensions Storm: Lessons from the past

Quelling the Pensions Storm argues that the Government should learn from the past and make additional reforms to every part of the system. They should make it easier for employers to provide good pensions, confront the risks in personal accounts and introduce a new Single-Tier State Pension. The goal is better pensions for all.

Towards better transport: Funding new infrastructure with future road pricing revenue

According to Towards Better Transport traffic congestion is now endemic, affecting not just large cities but also the core motorway network and small towns. It currently costs the UK economy in the region of £20bn per year.

Cities Limited

Cities Limited calls into question the value of the plethora of urban regeneration schemes delivered by a myriad of different agencies

More Mirage than Miracle: assessing the UK's economic performance

Bank of America Chief Economist Europe Dr Holger Schmieding, Policy Exchange Chief Economist Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich and Policy Exchange Research Fellow Briar Lipson assess the UK's economic performance since 1992.

The Best Laid Plans: How planning prevents economic growth

The Best Laid Plans concludes that the main objective of planning has been to limit the spatial extent of cities and that this artificial reduction of land supply has severe consequences for society, the environment and the economy.

Science vs Superstition: the case for a new scientific enlightenment

Science vs Superstition – the case for a new scientific enlightenment challenges the common belief that scientific progress in today’s world inevitably entails an element of danger or moral uncertainty.

Better Homes, Greener Cities

Better Homes, Greener Cities shows that too few houses are built in Britain because local communities have no incentives to support new development.

Bigger, Better, Faster, More: Why some countries plan better than others

Bigger Fast Better More shows that in countries where local councils have to "compete for every inhabitant" they successfully plan for better and cheaper homes in sustainable, green communities.

Unaffordable Housing: Fables and Myths

The key finding of this report is that the British culture of centrally-planned development - a system established by the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act and embraced to this day by politicians of all parties - has resulted in a woeful shortage of affordable, desirable, high-quality housing.

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