Omar Aziz

Policy Analysis Team


Omar is an Adviser in the Policy Analysis team in the Economics Department. He joined the Reserve Bank in November 2018.

Before joining the RBNZ, Omar spent three years advising the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the national implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) covering governance, strategy and international relations, in particular multilateral engagement. Earlier, he was a Senior Analyst at the New Zealand Treasury researching and advising on policy issues across tax, welfare and the distributional effects of fiscal policy. Prior to that he was an advisor to the Ministry of Justice.

Omar holds a B.A. (Hon.) in Mathematics from the University of Auckland, a M.Sc. in Mathematics & Finance from Imperial College London and a M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Current research interests:

  • RBNZ Act Review (Phase 1 Implementation)
  • Central banking governance
  • International relations and coordination

Selected Publications

  • Smith, C and Aziz, O, (2019), Monetary Policy Objectives, Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin, Vol. 82, No. 2 (forthcoming)
  • Aziz, O; Gemmell, N; and Laws, A. (2016), Income and Fiscal Incidence by Age and Gender: Some Evidence from New Zealand. Review of Income and Wealth, 62: 534-558. doi:10.1111/roiw.12165
  • Aziz, O; Carroll, N; and Creedy, J (2015) An analysis of benefit flows in New Zealand using a social accounting framework, New Zealand Economic Papers, 49:1, 1-21, DOI: 10.1080/00779954.2013.833886
  • Aziz, O; Ball, C; Creedy, J and Eedrah, J (2015) The distributional impact of population ageing in New Zealand, New Zealand Economic Papers, 49:3, 207-226, DOI: 10.1080/00779954.2014.890023
  • Aziz, O et al. The effect on household income of government taxation and expenditure in 1988, 1998, 2007 and 2010. Policy Quarterly, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 1, feb. 2012. ISSN 2324-1101. Available at: