Economics provides a systematic way of looking at the problem-solving and optimising behaviour of decision-makers. It is one of the core disciplines in any contemporary university. Members of the economics department at AUT have PhDs from universities around the world. They cover a wide range of fields within the discipline, including micro and macroeconomics, econometrics, industrial organisation, international trade and finance, natural resource and environmental economics, labour economics, economic development and public policy. We are proud of our established record and ongoing commitment to excellent research, high-quality teaching and supervision, and community and professional engagement.
Our teaching is informed by our wide-ranging research activities. The Economics Department at AUT has received a 100% research-active rating in the latest research quality assessment (PBRF 2006) among New Zealand’s universities. Members of the department sit on editorial boards and serve as referees for professional journals. They work as consultants and provide expert advice in both the private and public sectors. This wealth of academic and real-world experience provides an ideal background for the supervision of student research.
Staff have published in many highly-ranked, domestic and international journals. These include: Australian Economic Papers, Economica, Economics of Education Review, European Journal of Industrial Relations, International Journal of Human Resource Management, International Journal of Manpower, Journal of Economic Surveys, Labour Economics, New Zealand Economic Papers, Regional Studies, Review of Income and Wealth and World Economy.
Examples of student research include:
- A critical evaluation of policies and programmes that mitigate the effects of free trade on unemployment
- Institutions as economic growth determinants: A comparative study of New Zealand and Argentina
- Maximising the benefits from free trade agreements:Lessons from New Zealand
- The impact of trade liberalisation on economic structure and performance: Case of the OECD
- Culture, participative decision-making and job satisfaction
Postgraduate papers include:
These papers are offered in the following postgraduate qualifications – BBus (Hons), PgDipBus, PgCertBus, MPBS and MBus.
ACADEMIC STAFF RESEARCH INTERESTS
The Business School has a large number of professorial staff, including leading scholars who are recognised internationally and nationally. Our academic staff are enthusiastic researchers and teachers with backgrounds in academia and professional practice and our courses have an emphasis on ‘real’ research that is relevant to the business community.
Further information and a full listing of business economics research staff at the AUT Business School