Professor Gail Pacheco

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Professor in Economics

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5708


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  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Commerce (Hons) First Class Honours in Economics.
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) First Class Honours in Economics and Marketing.

Memberships and Affiliations:

Teaching Areas:

  • Applied econometrics
  • Introduction to econometrics
  • Labour economics
  • Microeconomics

Research Areas:

  • Applied Economics
  • Impacts of raising the minimum wage
  • Empirical analysis within the fields of labour and health economics
  • Determinants of job/life satisfaction

Research Summary:

Gail Pacheco is a Professor in the School of Economics at AUT, and Director of the NZ Work Research Institute. She has considerable experience leading funded projects involving both academic and industry collaborations (with for instance the Department of Labour, the Blind Foundation, Careers NZ, United Nations Women, and Coca-Cola Amatil NZ). She is an applied empirical and labour economist and her key research expertise lies in applying econometric methodology to the emerging areas of labour and health research. Her current research agenda is in line with AUT’s multidisciplinary and applied philosophy. She also currently holds the post of Editor-in-Chief for New Zealand Economic Papers.



  1. Dasgupta, K. & Pacheco, G. “Warrantless arrest laws for domestic violence: How are youth affected?” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 18 (1), 1-20
  2. Dasgupta, K. & Pacheco, G. “The impact of child welfare legislation on domestic violence-related homicide rates” Health Economics 27(5), 908-915.


  1. Meehan, L., Pacheco, G. & Z. Pushon “Explaining ethnic disparities in bachelor’s degree participation: Evidence from NZ” Studies in Higher Education DOI:10.1080/03075079.2017.1419340
  2. Cochrane, W., Pacheco, G. & Li, Chao “Temporary-permanent wage gap: Does type of work and location in distribution matter?” Australian Journal of Labour Economics


  1. Dye, J., Gilbert, A. & Pacheco, G. “Does Integration lead to Lower Costs of Equity” Australian Journal of Management 42(1), 86-112.
  2. Van der Westhuizen, D., Pacheco, G., Webber, D., Ghobadian, A., and N. O’Regan “The changing influence of societal culture on job satisfaction across Europe”, British Journal of Management 27, 606-627.
  3. Webber, D. & Pacheco, G. “Changes in intra-city employment patterns: A spatial analysis” International Journal of Social Economics 43(3), 263-283.


  1. Pacheco, G. & Webber, D. “Job satisfaction: How crucial is participative decision making” Personnel Review 45(1), 183-200.
  2. Dawson, C., Veliziotis, M., Pacheco, G. & Webber, D. (2015) “Is temporary employment a cause or consequence of poor mental health? A panel data analysis” Social Science & Medicine 134, 50-58.


  1. Pacheco, G. & Owen, B. (2015) “Moving through the political participation hierarchy: A focus on personal values” Applied Economics 47(3), 222-238.
  2. Mearman, A., Pacheco, G., Webber, D., Ivlevs, A., & Rahman, T. (2014) “Understanding student attendance in business schools: an exploratory study” International Review of Economics Education 17, 120-136.
  3. Hedges, M., Pacheco, G. & Webber, D. (2014) “What determines students' choices of elective modules?" International Review of Economics Education 17, 39-54.
  4. Jiang, N. & Pacheco, G. (2014) “Demand in New Zealand Hospitals: Expect the Unexpected?” Applied Economics, 46(36) 4475-4489.
  5. Pacheco, G., Page, D. & Webber, D. (2014) “Mental and physical health: re-assessing the relationship with employment propensity” Work, Employment and Society, 28(3), 407-429.
  6. Pacheco, G. & Dye, J. (2014) “Estimating the Cost of Youth Disengagement in New Zealand” New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 38(2), 47-63.


  1. Srivastava, S., Sen, R. & Pacheco, G. (2013) “The early effects of preferential trade agreements on intra-regional trade within ASEAN+6 members” Journal of Southeast Asian Economies (formerly ASEAN Economic Bulletin), 30(3), 237-249.
  2. Pacheco, G., Hedges, M., Schilling, C. & Morton, S. (2013) “Pre and post natal drivers of childhood intelligence: Evidence from Singapore” Journal of Biosocial Science, 45(1) 41-56.


  1. Pacheco, G., Rossouw, S. and Lewer, J. (2013) “Do Non-Economic Quality of Life Factors Drive Immigration?”, Social Indicators Research, 110(1), 1-15.
  2. Maloney, T. and Pacheco, G. (2012) “Assessing the Possible Antipoverty Effects of Recent Rises in Age-Specific Minimum Wages in New Zealand”, Review of Income and Wealth, 58(4), 648-674.
  3. Dye, J., Rossouw, S. and Pacheco, G. (2012) “Well-being of women in New Zealand: The changing landscape”, New Zealand Economic Papers, 46(3), 273-302.
  4. Kumar, S. and Pacheco, G. (2012) “What determines long term growth rates in Kenya”, Journal of Policy Modeling, 34(5), 705-718.
  5. Van der Westhuizen, D., Pacheco, G., and Webber, D. (2012) “Culture, participative decision making and job satisfaction”, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(13), 2661-2679.
  6. Rossouw, S. and Pacheco, G. (2012) “Measuring Non-Economic Quality of Life on a Sub-National Level: A case study of New Zealand”, Journal of Happiness Studies, 13(3), 439-454.

2011 and prior

  1. Pacheco, G. (2011) “Estimating employment impacts with binding minimum wage constraints”, Economic Record 87(279), 587-602.
  2. Maloney, T. And Pacheco, G. (2010) “Interpreting changes in minimum wage incidence rates”, Australian Journal of Labour Economics 13(3), 219-240.
  3. Pacheco, G. and Lange, T. (2010) “Political Participation and Life Satisfaction: A Cross-European Analysis”, International Journal of Social Economics 37(10), 686-702.
  4. Lange, T., Pacheco, G. and Shrotryia, V. (2010) “Culture, Industrialisation and Multiple Domains of Workers’ Job Satisfaction: A Local Case of HR Strategy Redesign in India”, International Journal of Human Resource Management 21(13), 2438-2451.
  5. Pacheco, G. (2009) “Revisiting the link between minimum wage and wage inequality: Empirical evidence from New Zealand”, Economics Letters 105(3), 336-339.
  6. Pacheco, G. (2009) “Who are Minimum and Sub-minimum wage workers?”, International Journal of Manpower 30(6), 529-548.
  7. Fargher, S., Lange, T., and Pacheco, G. (2009) “The Economic Psychology of Subjective Well-Being: Latent Variable Modelling with Hedonic and Eudaimonic Moderators”, Empirical Economics Letters 8(1), 1-8.
  8. Fargher, S., Kesting, S., Lange, T. and Pacheco, G. (2008) “Cultural Heritage and Job Satisfaction in Eastern and Western Europe”, International Journal of Manpower 29(7), 630-650.
  9. Fitzgerald, J., Maloney, T. and Pacheco, G. (2008) “The Impact of Recent Changes in Family Assistance on Partnering and Women’s Employment in New Zealand”, New Zealand Economic Papers 42(1), 17-57.
  10. Pacheco, G. (2008) “The Changing Role of Minimum Wage in New Zealand”, New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations 32(3), 2-17.
  11. Knechel, R., Naiker, V. and Pacheco, G. (2007) “Does Auditor Industry Specialisation Matter? Evidence from Market Reaction to Auditor Switches”, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory 26(1), 19-45.
  12. Pacheco, G. and Cruickshank, A. (2007) “Minimum Wage Effects on Educational Enrolments in New Zealand”, Economics of Education Review 26(5), 574-587.
  13. Pacheco, G. and Naiker, V. (2006) “Impact of the minimum wage on expected profits”, International Review of Applied Economics 20(4), 469-490.
  14. Pacheco, G. and Maloney, T. (2003) “Are the Determinants of Intergenerational Welfare Dependency Gender-Specific”, Australian Journal of Labour Economics 6(3), 371-382.
  15. Maloney, T., Maani, S. and Pacheco, G. (2003) “Intergenerational welfare participation in New Zealand”, Australian Economic Papers 42(3), 346-362.


  • 2018 NZIER Economics Award in recognition of research that provides insights into social issues affecting the country
  • 2016 Research Excellence – Faculty of Business, Economics & Law, AUT
  • 2016 Vice Chancellor's Award for Individual Research Excellence, AUT
  • 2015 Winner of the NZIER ‘Open’ Poster Prize – NZAE Conference
  • 2015 Winner of the People’s Choice Poster Award – NZAE Conference
  • 2013 Excellence in Practice-Based Research, Faculty of Business & Law, AUT
  • 2013 Nominated to attend the NZVCC Women in Leadership Programme.
  • 2011  2010 Award for Best Research Team from AUT’s Business Faculty for ‘outstanding research performance’
  • 2010  Best Paper Award – 6th Annual GABER Conference, New York, U.S.
  • 2009  Dean’s Award – Student Centred Learning – Excellence in Teaching
  • 2008  Emerging Researcher Award (Auckland University of Technology Business School)
  • 2007  Nominated for Best Doctoral Thesis – University of Auckland Business School
  • 2005  Best Economics Conference Presentation – NERA Consulting: PhD Conference in Business and Economics, Perth, Australia