New Caledonia’s economic outlook is a field of study whose importance has been accentuated by the referendum period. This led the University of New Caledonia, via the LARJE laboratory, to organise a symposium in September 2017 on the possible trajectories of the New Caledonian economy after the referendum period. This book was an outcome of the symposium. Its ambition is to explain the potential economic consequences in the event of increased emancipation or even full sovereignty. Taking into account the characteristics of the New Caledonian economic model, this book aims to highlight the issues that exist today around trade and regional integration, the currency and the banking sector, as well as growth drivers beyond the nickel sector. In order to provide keys to understanding these different economic issues, researchers or professionals in the field were called upon for their knowledge of the New Caledonian economy and for their various backgrounds. Most of the researchers who participated in this symposium, and whose contributions are published here, belong to either various local institutions, such as the University of New Caledonia, of course, and the IAC – both members of the CRESICA research consortium – or regional ones, such as the University of French Polynesia and Victoria University in Wellington. At the same time, other academics were from French institutions, including the University of Paris Nanterre and the University of Paris-Saclay, and consultants who bring their technical expertise representing the Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies, the Institut d’Emission d’Outre-Mer (IEOM) and Ernst and Young. With this book, the University of New Caledonia contributes to the academic debate on the institutional future of the New Caledonia through economics.
Proceedings of the International Symposium held on 15 and 16 September 2017, at the University of New Caledonia