Dr Christopher Erwin

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Research Fellow

Email: christopher.erwin@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2751-5990

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Academic appointments:

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Auckland University of Technology (2018 - ongoing)

Qualifications:

  • PhD Economics, University of New Mexico
  • MA Economics, University of New Mexico
  • MA Economics, California State University, Fullerton
  • BS Economics, Arizona State University

Overview:

Christopher Erwin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the New Zealand Work Research Institute in the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law at Auckland University of Technology. Erwin earned a B.S. Economics from Arizona State University in 2006, an M.A. Economics from California State University at Fullerton in 2011, and a Ph.D. Economics from the University of New Mexico in 2018. His major fields are econometrics and labor economics. At the New Zealand Work Research Institute, Erwin studies a variety of issues relating to higher education, labor markets, health, and crime.

In terms of outside-funded projects at AUT, Erwin has worked on issues related to labor force underutilization (Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship), evaluation of policies intended to curb problem gambling (Ministry of Health), and identifying and improving the wellbeing of adults with low literacy and numeracy skills in New Zealand (Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship).

Research interests:

· economics of education
· labor economics
· health economics
· criminal behavior

Teaching summary:

University of New Mexico
Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Econometrics (ECON 309), Spring 2016
Instructor, Intermediate Microeconomics I (ECON 300), Summer 2015
Instructor, Mathematics for Economists (ECON 307), Spring 2015, Fall 2015
Teaching Assistant, Mathematics for Economists (ECON 307), Spring 2014
Teaching Assistant, Development Economics (ECON 321), Fall 2011

American Economic Association Summer Program
Teaching Assistant, Intermediate Microeconomics, Summer 2015
Teaching Assistant, Intermediate Applied Econometrics, Summer 2013

CSUF
Teaching Assistant, Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 202), Spring 2011
Teaching Assistant, Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (ECON 310), Fall 2010
Tutor, Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 201), Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 202), Intermediate Microeconomic
Analysis (ECON 310), Intermediate Business Microeconomics (ECON 315), Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis (ECON
320), Introduction to Econometrics (ECON 440), CSUF, 2009-2011

Fields of research:

  • Applied Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Health Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Econometrics

Professional activities:

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

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

Editorship, reviewing, examining, and judging

  • Referee, Journal of Happiness Studies (2019 - ongoing)
  • Referee, New Zealand Economic Papers (2019 - ongoing)
  • Evaluator, New Zealand Treasury (2018 - ongoing)
  • Referee, International Journal of Manpower (2018 - ongoing)
  • Referee, International Migration Review (2018 - ongoing)
  • Referee, Education Finance and Policy (2017 - ongoing)
  • Referee, Education Finance and Policy (2017 - ongoing)
  • Referee, Economics of Education Review (2016 - ongoing)

Invitation to present research

  • AUT School of Economics Seminar Series, Auckland University of Technology (2019)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Erwin, C., & Binder, M. (2020). Does broad-based merit aid improve college completion? Evidence from New Mexico's Lottery Scholarship. Education Finance and Policy, 15(1), 164-190. doi:10.1162/edfp_a_00270

  • Lopez, 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). doi:10.1080/13613324.2017.1375185

Conference contributions

  • Erwin, C., Dasgupta, K., Plum, A., & Pacheco, G. (2019). Party foul? Effects of the minimum legal drinking age on late adolescent crime in New Zealand. In 60th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists. Wellington. Retrieved from https://www.nzae.org.nz/nzae-news/nzae-conference-2019-early-information/

  • Erwin, C. (2018). (Un)intended responses to state merit-based financial aid eligibility requirements. In Applied Econometrics Workshop. Wellington.

  • Erwin, C. (2018). Merit aid scholarships and human capital production in STEM: Evidence from New Mexico. In 59th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists. Auckland. Retrieved from http://nzaeconference.co.nz/

  • Erwin, C., & Binder, M. (2017). Do graduation delays serve as productivity signals? Evidence from two longitudinal studies. In 92nd Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association International. San Diego. Retrieved from http://www.weai.org/AC2017

  • Erwin, C. (2016). Do broad-based merit aid programs improve graduation rates? Evidence from the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship. In The Association for Education Finance and Policy 41st Annual Conference. Denver. Retrieved from http://www.aefpweb.org/conferences/41st

  • Erwin, C., & Binder, M. (2015). Does broad-based merit aid improve college completion? Evidence from New Mexico's lottery scholarship. In Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Meeting. Miami, FL.

  • Erwin, C., Binder, M., Truman, M., Krause, K., & Miller, C. (2015). Do lottery scholarship programs improve graduation rates? Evidence from the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship. In 37th Annual Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management: The Golden Age of Evidence-Based Policy. Miami. Retrieved from https://appam.confex.com/appam/2015/webprogram/Paper13933.html

Reports

  • Erwin, C., Dasgupta, K., & Pacheco, G. (2019). Characterising New Zealand's Underutilised Workorce. Auckland. Retrieved from https://www.mbie.govt.nz/

  • Bell, D., Heinz, H., & Erwin, C. (2015). 2015 Child care market rate survey. Albuquerque, NM, USA: UNM, Center for Education Policy Research. Retrieved from https://www.newmexicokids.org/

Theses

  • Erwin, C. (2018). Transitions from higher education to the labor market: Merit aid, time to degree signals, and major choice. (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA). Retrieved from https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/econ_etds/88/

Other outputs

  • Winograd, P., Bell, D., Breidenbach, A., Erwin, C., & Ballard, A. (2013). Mapping the landscape of healthcare careers at UNM-Gallup. UNM, Center for Education Policy Research.