Dr Christopher Erwin

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Research Fellow, NZ Work Research Institute

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5044

Email: christopher.erwin@aut.ac.nz


  • Ph.D. Economics, University of New Mexico
  • M.A. Economics, University of New Mexico
  • M.A. Economics, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.S. Economics, Arizona State University

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • NZ Work Research Institute
  • American Economic Association
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Education Finance and Policy
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • New Zealand Association of Economists
  • Western Economic Association

Research Areas:

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Economics of Education
  • Labor Economics

Current Research Projects:

  • “Wage Effects of Time to Baccalaureate Degree in the United States,” with Melissa Binder
  • “Merit Aid Scholarships and Human Capital Production in STEM: Evidence from New Mexico”
  • “Wage and Employment Effects of the Legal Arizona Workers Act,” with Andrew Gill
  • “Is Losing Merit Aid a ‘Death Sentence’ for Students? Evidence from New Mexico’s Flagship University,” with Melissa Binder and Gail Pacheco
  • “Repeat Offenders and Repeated Victimization: a Look into their Determinants and Relationship to One Another,” with Gail Pacheco


  • Erwin, Christopher, and Melissa Binder.  “Does Broad-Based Merit Aid Improve College Completion? Evidence from New Mexico's Lottery Scholarship.” Education Finance and Policy (forthcoming).
  • López, N., Erwin, C., Binder, M., & Chavez, M. J. (2018). Making the invisible visible: advancing quantitative methods in higher education using critical race theory and intersectionality. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 21(2), 180-207.


  • Graduate Student Excellence Award, University of New Mexico, 2018
  • Gerald Boyle Memorial Prize in Public Economics, University of New Mexico, 2016
  • Doctoral Conference Presentation Award, University of New Mexico, 2016
  • Doctoral Student Presentation Award, Southern Economics Association, 2015