Professor Tim Maloney

Professor of Economics, Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Chief Economist at the Ministry of Social Development

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5823



  • PhD in Economics, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1983
  • MA in Economics,  University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1980
  • BS in Economics, Mathematics and Political Science, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1978


I was appointed as Professor and Chair of Economics at AUT in February 2010.  After completing my PhD at the University of Wisconsin, I held positions in the Economics Departments at the University of Missouri (1983-1987). Bowdoin College (1987-1991) and the University of Auckland (1991-2010).

I have previously served as an Economic Advisor to the New Zealand Treasury, a Researcher at the Institute of Policy Studies in Wellington, and a Visiting Professor at Institute for Research on Poverty and the Economics Department at the University of Wisconsin.  I currently serve on the editorial boards of several journals, as a Director of Law and Economics Consulting Group, and as a research affiliate at both Motu Economic and Public Research in Wellington and the Centre for Law and Economics at the Australian National University.

I have served as a consultant for various Government Ministries in New Zealand since 1991.  My research experience is an integral part of my classroom teaching.  This is reflected in current policy issues, research findings and methodological developments that underpin my teaching and supervision.

Teaching Areas:

Expertise in Degree and Postgraduate Teaching

  • Labour Economics, Econometrics and Microeconomic Theory

Interests in Research Supervision

  • Labour supply and demand; job turnover, search and matching; human capital, screening and the economics of education; minimum wages; social welfare programmes; policy evaluation; economic reform; and trade unions and industrial relations policy.

Research Areas:

Labour Economics, Econometrics and Public Policy

Current Research Projects:

Impacts of literacy programmes in the workplace; class size effects on cognitive achievement; minimum wage impacts in the labour market; evaluating training within the social welfare


  1. Walsh, M. C., Joyce, S., Maloney, T., & Vaithianathan, R. (2019). Exploring the Protective Factors of Children and Families Identified at Highest Risk of Adverse Childhood Experiences by a Predictive Risk Model: An Analysis of the Growing up in New Zealand Cohort. Children and Youth Services Review, 104556.
  2. Walsh, M. C., Maloney, T., Vaithianathan, R., & Joyce, S. (2019). Adverse childhood experiences and school readiness outcomes: Results from the Growing up in New Zealand study. [PDF] Wellington: Ministry of Social Development.
  3. Walsh, M. C., Maloney, T., Vaithianathan, R., & Joyce, S. (2019). Protective factors of children and families at highest risk of adverse childhood experiences: An analysis of children and families in the Growing up in New Zealand data who "beat the odds". [PDF] Wellington: Ministry of Social Development.
  4. Walsh, M. C., Joyce, S., Maloney, T., & Vaithianathan, R. (2019). Adverse childhood experiences and school readiness outcomes: results from the Growing up in New Zealand study. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1493), 15-24.
  5. Cram, F., Vette, M., Wilson, M., Vaithianathan, R., Maloney, T., & Baird, S. (2018). He awa whiria—braided rivers: Understanding the outcomes from Family Start for Maori [PDF]. Evaluation Matters, 165-207.
  6. Jiang, N., Maloney, T., Staneva, A., Wilson, M., & Vaithianathan, R. (2018). The impact of Social Workers in Schools: A preliminary investigation using linked administrative data.
  7. Cao, Z. & Maloney, T. (2017). Decomposing ethnic differences in university academic achievement in New Zealand. Higher Education, 75(4), 565-587.
  8. Vaithianathan, R., Wilson, M., Maloney, T., & Baird, S. (2017) Family Start Impact Study Selected Extensions [PDF] Wellington: Ministry of Social Development.
  9. Vaithianathan, R., Jiang, N., Maloney, T., Nand, P., & Putnam-Hornstein, E. (2017).Developing predictive risk models to support child maltreatment hotline screening decisions: Allegheny County methodology and implementation [PDF]. Auckland: Centre for Social Data Analytics.
  10. Maloney, T., Jiang, N., Putnam-Hornstein, E., Dalton, E., & Vaithianathan, R. (2017). Black–White differences in child maltreatment reports and foster care placements: A statistical decomposition using linked administrative data. Maternal and child health journal, 21(3), 414-420.
  11. Vaithianathan, R., Maloney, T., Wilson, M., Staneva, A., & Jiang, N. (2017). Impact of School-based Support on Educational Outcomes of Teen-mothers: Evidence from New Zealand's "Teen Parent Units" [PDF]. Wellington: Ministry of Social Development.
  12. Vaithianathan, R., Wilson, M., Maloney, T., & Baird, S. (2016). The Impact of the Family Start Home Visiting Programme on Outcomes for Mothers and Children: A Quasi-Experimental Study. Wellington: Ministry of Social Development.
  13. Vaithianathan, R., Maloney, T., Putnam-Hornstein, E., & Jiang, N. (2013). Children in the public benefit system at risk of maltreatment: Identification via predictive modeling. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45(3), 354-359.
  14. Perry, G. and Maloney, T. (2008) “Economic Evaluation of the Training Opportunities Programme in New Zealand,” Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 11(2):163-185
  15. 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.
  16. Perry, G. and Maloney, T. (2007) “Evaluating Active Labour Market Programmes in New Zealand,” International Journal of Manpower, 28(1):7-29.
  17. Juhong, B. and Maloney, T. (2006) “Ethnicity and Academic Success at University,” New Zealand Economic Papers, 40(2):181-218.
  18. Maloney, T, Maani, S. and Pacheco, G.  (2003) “Intergenerational Welfare Participation in New Zealand,” Australian Economic Papers, 42(3):346-362.
  19. Maloney, T. (2002) “Welfare Reform and Unemployment in New Zealand,” Economica, 69: 273-293.
  20. Maloney, T.  (2000) “The Impact of Welfare Reform on Labour Supply in New Zealand,” Labour Economics, 7(4):427-448.
  21. Maloney, T. (1991) “Unobserved Variables and the Elusive Added Worker Effect,” Economica, 58:173-187.
  22. Maloney, T. (1987) “Employment Constraints and the Labor Supply of Married Women: A Re-examination of the Added Worker Effect,” Journal of Human Resources, 22(1):51-61.
  23. Gottschalk, P. and Maloney, T. (1985) “Involuntary Terminations, Unemployment and Job Matching: A Test of Job Search Theory,” Journal of Labor Economics, 3(2):109-123.
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