Dr Geoffrey Brooke

Lecturer In Economics

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 5076

Email: gbrooke@aut.ac.nz


  • Bachelor of Business Science (University of Cape Town)
  • Master of Business Science in Finance (University of Cape Town)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics (The University of Auckland)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (University of Auckland)

Research Areas:

  • Economic history
  • The history of economic thought

Research Summary:

My primary interest is in the causes of modern economic growth. The overarching interest in modern economic growth is expressed in empirical economic history, where I am concerned with all aspects of development, and in the history of ideas, where I am interested in explanations of modern economic growth at the aggregate level and the role of the entrepreneur at the microeconomic level.

Current Research Projects:

  • A real-wage series for New Zealand for the period from 1840 to 1914.
  • A survey of the approaches taken by economic historians to explaining the causes of modern economic growth.


  • Brooke, G.T.F (2010), `Uncertainty, profit and entrepreneurial action: Frank Knight’s contribution reconsidered’, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 32(2): 221-235