Lisa Meehan

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Senior Research Fellow

Email: lisa.meehan@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7121-8002

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Overview:

Lisa is the Associate Director (Economics and Research) of the NZ Work Research Institute at AUT. She is an applied economist with extensive experience spanning the Organisation of Economic Co-operation Development (OECD), the New Zealand Treasury and Productivity Commission, and economic consulting.

Research interests:

Lisa applies economic analysis to public policy issues. Her current research focuses on using linked administrative data (particularly Statistics NZ's Integrated Data Infrastructure and Longitudinal Business Database) to examine issues in a number of policy areas, including labour markets, health, justice and education.

Fields of research:

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

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Meehan, L. (2020). Productivity in New Zealand: The role of resource allocation among firms. New Zealand Economic Papers, 54(1). doi:10.1080/00779954.2019.1573846

  • Meehan, L., Pacheco, G., & Pushon, Z. (2019). Explaining ethnic disparities in bachelor’s degree participation: Evidence from NZ. Studies in Higher Education, 44(7), 1130-1152. doi:10.1080/03075079.2017.1419340

  • Law, D., Meehan, L., & Scobie, G. M. (2017). KiwiSaver: an evaluation of a new retirement savings scheme. New Zealand Economic Papers, 51(3), 262-280. doi:10.1080/00779954.2016.1196719

Book chapters

  • Escobar, O., & Meehan, L. (2018). Setting the scene: An overview of Costa Rica’s productivity performance. In P. Lenain, L. Meehan, & R. Monge González (Eds.), OECD economic survey of Costa Rica: Research findings on productivity (pp. 11-37). Paris: OECD Publishing. doi:10.1787/9789264298774-en

Working paper/discussions

  • Meehan, L. (2018). Structural policies to boost productivity and inclusion in Costa Rica. OECD. doi:10.1787/715509d0-en

  • Conway, P., Meehan, L., & Parham, D. (2015). Who benefits from productivity gains? The labour income share in New Zealand. New Zealand Productivity Commission. Retrieved from http://productivity.govt.nz/

  • Laws, A., & Meehan, L. (2015). Industry and component decompositions of New Zealand’s productivity growth. New Zealand Productivity Commission. Retrieved from http://www.productivity.govt.nz/

  • Meehan, L., & Zheng, G. (2015). Firm dynamics and job creation in New Zealand: A perpetual motion machine. New Zealand Productivity Commission. Retrieved from https://www.productivity.govt.nz/

  • Conway, P., Meehan, L., & Zheng, G. (2015). Do New Zealand firms catch up to the domestic productivity frontier?. New Zealand Productivity Commission. Retrieved from https://www.productivity.govt.nz/

  • Meehan, L. (2014). New Zealand's international trade in services: A background note. New Zealand Productivity Commission. Retrieved from http://productivity.govt.nz/

  • Meehan, L. (2014). Structural change and New Zealand's productivity performance. New Zealand Productivity Commission. Retrieved from http://www.productivity.govt.nz/

  • Law, D., & Meehan, L. (2013). Housing affordability in New Zealand: Evidence from household surveys. New Zealand Treasury. Retrieved from https://treasury.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2013-06/twp13-14.pdf

  • Conway, P., Meehan, L., & Zheng, G. (2013). How integrated are the Australian and New Zealand economies?. New Zealand Productivity Commission. Retrieved from http://www.productivity.govt.nz/

  • Conway, P., & Meehan, L. (2013). Productivity by the numbers: The New Zealand experience. New Zealand Productivity Commission. Retrieved from https://www.productivity.govt.nz/

  • Law, D., Meehan, L., & Scobie, G. (2011). KiwiSaver: An initial evaluation of the impact on retirement saving. New Zealand Treasury. Retrieved from https://treasury.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2011-12/twp11-04.pdf

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