Dr Stephanie Rossouw

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Senior Lecturer

Email: stephanie.rossouw@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3538-9215

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Academic appointments:

  • Senior Lecturer, Auckland Universit of Technology (2008 - ongoing)
  • Senior Lecturer, North-West University (2005 - 2007)
  • Lecturer, North-West University (2004 - 2005)

Qualifications:

  • PhD Economics, North-West University (Potchefstroom campus)
  • M.Com (Cum Laude), Economics, North-West University
  • B.Com (Hons) (Cum Laude), Bank Risk Management, North-West University
  • B.Com, Business Management, North-West University

Overview:

Stephanié is a well-being economist at heart and is co-creator of the Gross National Happiness Index (GNH) for 11 countries, including New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Using ‘Big Data’ extracted from the Twitter Application Programming Interface, the GNH determines the happiness of people. The index applies sentiment and emotion analysis on a live stream of tweets together with a sentiment balance algorithm to derive a happiness score. Happiness is measured on a scale from 0 to 10, with 5 being neutral. The index allows assessment of changes in the ‘mood’ of a nation due to economic, political or social events, as early as one hour after they happen.

Research interests:

Happiness Economics
Well-being (objective and subjective)
Quality of life
Poverty
Ineqaulity

Teaching summary:

Stephanié teaches a range of Economic papers within the Faculty but her favourite is the first year interdisciplinary Economics paper in the Undergraduate programme. Asked why, she states “I love the opportunity to change students’ preconceived ideas that Economics is a boring subject, taught by boring, old stuffy Professors that has no real-life application….. the subject not the Professors….Lol 😊”.


Stephanie’s passion for teaching her first years is evident with her receiving the Award for Teaching Excellence in the Economics discipline in 2010 and then in 2015 AuSM (AUT Student Movement) awarded her the Best Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law as well as the Best Lecturer Of The Year for the entire AUT.

“Her enthusiasm was most helpful in my learning, because it cultivated an interest in the subject for me. I had never
done economics before I took this paper and I really took to it. So much so that I’ve decided to make economics my
major. I think Stephanie’s excellent teaching was a big factor in making that decision. .– Student, 2018

"She was the best teacher I have ever experienced. She was never hesitant to explain more; until you understand. You
can tell, she genuinely loves the subject and to teach. Which motivated me enough to want to major in Economics". - Student, 2018

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Member, Global Labor Organisation (2020 - ongoing)
  • Vice-President Finance, International Society for Quality of Life Studies (2017 - ongoing)
  • Board of Directors, International Society for Quality of Life Studies (2017 - ongoing)
  • Editor Economics, Journal of Happiness Studies (2012 - ongoing)

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • AuSM awards for Best Lecture in the Faculty of Business and Law, AuSM (2015)
  • Best Lecturer Of The Year at AUT, AuSM (2015)
  • Award for Teaching Excellence in Economics, Faculty for Business and Law (2010)
  • Award for Best Research Team (NZWALMI), Faculty for Business and Law (2010)
  • Global Insight prize for the best M.Com dissertation (PU for CHE), Global Insight (2004)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Greyling, T., & Rossouw, S. (2019). Access to micro- and informal loans: Evaluating the impact on the quality of life of poor females in South Africa. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 22(1). doi:10.4102/sajems.v22i1.2944

  • Rossouw, S. (2017). Measuring the vulnerability of sub-national regions: Integrating relative location. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 20(1). doi:10.4102/sajems.v20i1.1766

  • Greyling, T., & Rossouw, S. (2017). Non-economic quality of life and population density in South Africa. Social Indicators Research, 134(3). doi:10.1007/s11205-016-1468-1

  • Pacheco, G. A., Rossouw, S., & Lewer, J. (2013). Do Non-Economic Quality of Life Factors Drive Immigration?. Social Indicators Research, 110(1). doi:10.1007/s11205-011-9924-4

  • Dye, J., Rossouw, S., & Pacheco, G. A. (2012). Well-being of women in New Zealand: The changing landscape. New Zealand Economic Papers, 46(3). doi:10.1080/00779954.2012.722845

  • Rossouw, S., & 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. doi:10.1007/s10902-011-9272-8

  • Rossouw, S., & 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). doi:10.1007/s10902-011-9272-8

  • Pacheco, G. A., Rossouw, S., & Lewer, J. (2011). Do Non-Economic Quality of Life Factors Drive
    Immigration?. Social Indicators Research, 110(1). doi:10.1007/s11205-011-9924-4

  • Rossouw, S., & Webber, D. J. (2011). Millennium development goals: a concern over sub-national variations. International Business and Economics Research Journal, 10(3). Retrieved from http://www.cluteinstitute.com/journals/IBER.html

  • Pacheco, G. A., Rossouw, S., & Lewer, J. (2011). Does Non-Economic Quality of Life Factors Drive Immigration?. Social Indicators Research. doi:10.1007/s11205-011-9924-4

  • Naudé, W. A., & Rossouw, S. (2010). Early International Entrepreneurship in China: Extent and determinants. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 8.

  • Naudé, W. A., McGillivray, M., & Rossouw, S. (2009). Measuring the Vulnerability of Subnational Regions in South Africa. Oxford Development Studies, 37(3).

  • Naudé, W. A., & Rossouw, S. (2009). nternational New Ventures in China: Extent and Determinants. Journal of International Entrepreneurship.

  • Naudé, W. A., Rossouw, S., & Krugell, W. F. (2009). The non-monetary quality of city life in South Africa. Habitat International, 33.

  • Rossouw, S., & Naudé, W. A. (2008). The non-economic quality of life on a sub-national level in South Africa. Social Indicators Research, 86.

Book chapters

  • Kumar, S., Pacheco, G., & Rossouw, S. (2013). Improving economic growth in South Africa: An empirical analysis of the determinants of total factor productivity. In A. Ramazzotti, & W. Gravina (Eds.), Developing countries: Political, Economic and Social Issues (pp. 173-190). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers. Retrieved from http://www.novapublishers.com/

  • Kumar, S., Pacheco, G. A., & Rossouw, S. (2012). Improving Economic Growth in South Africa: An Empirical Analysis of the Determinants of Total Factor Productivity.. In A. Ramazzotti, & W. Gravina (Eds.), Developing Countries: Political, Economic and Social Issues. Nova Science Publishers. Retrieved from https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=34094

Conference contributions

  • Rossouw, S., Greyling, T., & Steyn, D. (2020). Can emotions and sentiment derived from Twitter explain stock market movements in developed and emerging markets using intraday data?. In International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies 2020 Virtual Conference. Virtual: Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Orgnaisation. Retrieved from https://isqols.org/2020-Virtual-Conference

  • Greyling, T., Rossouw, S., & Adhikari, T. (2020). A tale of three countries: How did Covid-19 lockdown impact happiness?. In International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies 2020 Virtual Conference. Virtual: Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Orgnaisation. Retrieved from https://isqols.org/2020-Virtual-Conference

  • Rossouw, S., Greyling, T., Adhikari, T., & Morrison, P. (2020). Markov switching models for happiness during a pandemic: The New Zealand experience. In International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies 2020 Virtual Conference Program. Virtual: Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation. Retrieved from https://isqols.org/2020-Virtual-Conference

  • Rossouw, S., Greyling, T., & Adhikari, T. (2020). Happiness-lost: Did Governments make the right decisions to combat Covid-19?. In International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies 2020 Virtual Conference Program. Virtual: Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation. Retrieved from https://isqols.org/2020-Virtual-Conference

  • Rossouw, S., Philip, M., & Greyling, T. (2020). The impact on wellbeing of exogenous shocks: the case of COVID-19. In International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies 2020 Virtual Conference. Virtual: Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation. Retrieved from https://isqols.org/2020-Virtual-Conference

  • Greyling, T., & Rossouw, S. (2019). Debt and subjective well-being. In 17th International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) Annual Conference, “Happiness in a Multicultural World. Grenada.

  • Rossouw, S., & Greyling, T. (2019). Consumption expenditure and subjective well-being.. In 17th International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) Annual Conference, “Happiness in a Multicultural World”. Granada. Retrieved from https://www.isqols2019.com/

  • Greyling, T., & Rossouw, S. (2019). Using big data to measure happiness. In 17th International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) Annual Conference, “Happiness in a Multicultural World”,. Grenada.

  • Rossouw, S., & Greyling, T. (2018). Inequality: subjective versus objective composite indices of wellbeing. In Third International Conference on Wellbeing and Public Policy. Wellington. Retrieved from https://www.confer.nz/wellbeingandpublicpolicy2018/

  • Rossouw, S., & Greyling, T. (2018). Inequality: Subjective - versus objective composite indices of quality of life. In 16th Annual Meeting International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS). Hong Kong. Retrieved from http://www.isqols2018.hk/

  • Talita, G., & Rossouw, S. (2017). Does microloans improve the non-economic quality of life of South Africans?. In 15th ISQOLS 2017 Annual Conference: Quality of Life: Towards a Better Society. Innsbruck.

  • Rossouw, S. (2017). Regional inequality in non-economic quality of life: Convergence or divergence?. In New Zealand Association of Economists. Wellington. Retrieved from http://www.nzae.org.nz/event/nzae-conference-2017/2017-conference-papers/

  • Rossouw, S., & Kulwant, R. (2017). Measuring vulnerability on a sub-national level: A case study of New Zealand. In New Zealand Association of Economists Annual Conference 2017. Wellington. Retrieved from http://www.nzae.org.nz/event/nzae-conference-2017/2017-conference-papers/

  • Rossouw, S., & Greyling, T. (2016). Non-economic quality of life and population density in South Africa. In 2016 ISQOLS Annual Conference. Seoul.

  • Rossouw, S., & Allison, J. S. (2015). Does non-economic quality of life converge? A South African case study. In 2015 ISQOLS Annual conference. The Future of Quality of Life. Phoenix, AZ. Retrieved from http://www.isqols.org/

  • Rossouw, S., Rossouw, S., Pacheco, G. A., & Dye, J. (2012). Wellbeing of women in New Zealand: How far have we really
    come?. In XI ISQOLS conference. University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari”..

  • Rossouw, S., & Webber, D. (2010). Are Millennium Development Goals Increasing Sub-National Vulnerability?. In Global Academy of Business and Economic Research Conference. New York.

  • Rossouw, S., & Webber, D. (2010). Sub-national Economic Vulnerability: A Spatial Perspective. In The New Zealand Association of Economists & Law & Economics Association of New Zealand Annual Conference. .

  • Naudé, W. A., & Rossouw, S. (2008). International New Ventures in China: Extent and Determinants. In 11th McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference. Dunedin.

  • Naudé, W. A., McGillivray, M., & Rossouw, S. (2007). A Local Vulnerability Index for South Africa. In 1st Annual Conference: Charlotte Manye Maxeke Collaboration in Research and Capacity Building in Economics and Social Protection. Pilansberg.

  • Naudé, W. A., McGillivray, M., & Rossouw, S. (2007). Measuring the vulnerability of sub-national regions: the case for South Africa. In Biennial Conference of the Economic Society of South Africa. Johannesburg.

  • Rossouw, S., & Naudé, W. A. (2007). The non-economic quality of life on a sub-national level in South Africa. In Centre for the Study of African Economies' Conference on Economic Development in Africa. Oxford.

  • Rossouw, S., & Naudé, W. A. (2007). The Sub-national Quality of Life in South Africa. In 8th International Society of Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS. San Diego, California.

  • Rossouw, S., Naude, W. A., & McGillivray, M. (2007). Measuring the vulnerability of sub-national regions. In WIDER Conference on Fragile States - Fragile Groups. Helsinki.

  • Naudé, W. A., Rossouw, S., & Krugell, W. F. (2006). The quality of metropolitan city life in South Africa. In 7th International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS. Eastern Cape.

  • Rossouw, S., & Naudé, W. A. (2006). The effect of optimism and pessimism on consumption and saving: an experimental analysis. In South African Positive Psychology Conference. Potchefstroom.

Reports

Oral presentations

Working paper/discussions

  • Rossouw, S., & Greyling, T. (2020). Big data and happiness. Global Labor Organization. Retrieved from https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/223012/1/GLO-DP-0634.pdf

  • Greyling, T., Rossouw, S., & Adhikari, T. (2020). A tale of three countries: How did Covid-19 lockdown
    impact happiness?
    . Global Labor Organization. Retrieved from https://glabor.org/

  • Rossouw, S., Greyling, T., Adhikari, T., & Morrison, P. S. (2020). Markov switching models for happiness during a
    pandemic: The New-Zealand experience
    . Global Labor Organization. Retrieved from https://glabor.org/

  • Greyling, T., Rossouw, S., & Tamanna, A. (2020). Happiness-lost: Did governments make the right decisions to combat Covid-19?. Global Labor Organization. Retrieved from https://glabor.org/

  • Steyn, D., Greyling, T., Rossouw, S., & Mwamba, J. M. (2020). Sentiment, emotions and stock market predictability
    in developed and emerging markets
    . Global Labor Organization. Retrieved from https://glabor.org/

  • Rossouw, S., & Greyling, T. (2017). Regional disparities in income-independent quality of life in South African municipalities: convergence or divergence?. South African National Treasury. Retrieved from https://econrsa.org/

  • Greyling, T., & Rossouw, S. (2016). Non-economic quality of life and population density in South Africa. EconPapers. Retrieved from https://econpapers.repec.org/paper/autwpaper/201603.htm

  • Greyling, T., & Rossouw, S. (2016). Non-economic quality of life and population density in South-Arica. ERSA.

  • Lewer, J., Pacheco, G., & Rossouw, S. (2009). Do Non-Economic Quality of Life Factors Drive Immigration?.

Other outputs

  • Greyling, T., & Rossouw, S. (2018). Regional disparities in income-independent quality of life in South African municipalities: convergence or divergence?. ERSA Economic Research Southern Africa. Retrieved from https://econrsa.org/

  • Webber, D., & Rossouw, S. (2010). Sub-national vulnerability measures:A spatial perspective. Applied Research in Economics Group (AREG) Discussion paper 1004.

  • Kumar, S., Pacheco, G., & Rossouw, S. (2010). How to Increase the Growth Rate in South Africa? MPRA Paper 26105.

  • Kumar, S., Pacheco, G., & Rossouw, S. (2010). How to Increase the Growth Rate in South Africa? EERI Research Paper Series EERI_RP_2010_31.

  • Lewer, J. J., Pacheco, G., & Rossouw, S. (2009). Do Non-Economic Quality of Life Factors Drive Immigration?. In IZA discussion paper (Iss. No. 4385).

  • Naudé, W. A., McGillivray, M., & Rossouw, S. (2008). Measuring the vulnerability of subnational regions.

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