Professor Rhema Vaithianathan

Co-Director of the Centre for Social Data Analytics

Phone: (+64) 021 591671


Physical Address:

WY Building, Room 204,

120 Mayoral Drive, Auckland

Postal Address:
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Links to relevant web pages:

Centre for Social Data Analytics


Doctor of Philosophy (Auckland)

Memberships and Affiliations:

•    2015-, Co-Director, Centre for Social Data Analytics
•    2015-, Member, Data Futures Partnership Working Group
•    2014, President (joint), Singapore Health Economics Association (Singapore)
•    2014, Co-Chair of Singapore Health Economics Inaugural Conference (Singapore)

Research Areas:

  • Health Economics; Applied microeconomics; development economics.
  • Predictive Risk Modelling


ISPCAN International Congress, 14-17 September, Nagoya Congress Centre, Japan International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect


  • “Building on Myths” New Zealand Medical Journal
  • “Children in the Public Benefit System at High Risk of Substantiated Maltreatment” American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • “Comment on the Strategy for Indigenous Health by the Office Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health”, in Economics and Indigenous Australian Health Policy, edited by Michael Otim, Ian Anderson  and Ian Scott.  University of Melbourne, 2004.
  • “Counter Heroism, Common Knowledge and Ergonomics: Concepts from Aviation that Could Improve Patient Safety” Milbank Quarterly 88(1), 1-48.
  • “Health Insurance and Imperfect Competition in the Health Care Market” Journal of Health Economics
  • “How Health Systems Could Avert ‘Triple Fail’ Events That Are Harmful, Costly And Result In Poor Patient Satisfaction”, Health Affairs
  • “Iatrogenic Effects of COX-2 Inhibitors in the US Population” Drug Safety
  • “Lucky Last? Intra-Sibling Allocation of Child Labor” B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (Advances)
  • “Operational Independence for the NHS: Applying the Theoretical Framework of the Central Banks to Healthcare” British Medical Journal.
  • “Medical Insurance with Rank-Dependent Utility” Economic Theory
  • “NHS as an Insurer” Journal of Health Services Research and Policy
  • “Predictive Risk Modelling in Health: Options for New Zealand and Australia” Australian Health Review
  • “Recruit with caution, manage with care.” British Journal of Healthcare Management
  • “Stunting and Selection Effects of Famine: A Case Study of the Great Chinese Famine” Journal of Development Economics
  • “Supply-Side Cost Sharing when Patients and Doctors Collude” Journal of Health Economics
  • “The Cost of Child Health Inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand: A Preliminary Scoping Study” BMC Public Health
  • “The Failure of Corporatisation: Public Hospitals in New Zealand” Agenda
  • “Using Predictive Modelling to Identify
  • “Will Subsidising Private Health Insurance Help the Public Health System?” Economic Record 


  • 2013, Assessed as an “A” ranked researcher (highest rank) in the New Zealand National research assessment exercise (New Zealand)
  • 2009, Imperial Gift Foundation Boshi-Aiiku-Kai Foreign Scholar Grant (Japan)
  • 2007-2008, Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy, Harvard Medical School (US)
  • 2004, Business School Research Excellence Award for Best New Researcher , (New Zealand)
  • 2000, Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Auckland . (New Zealand)
  • 1998, Jan Whitwell Prize for Best Student Paper, NZ Association of Economists Conference , (New Zealand)
  • 1997, McKinsey Prize for Best Paper, Australian PhD Conference in Business and Economics , (Australia)
  • 1997, PhD Fellowship, Health Research Council of NZ
  • 1984, University Junior Scholarship