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
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.
Labour Economics, Econometrics and Public Policy
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