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Economics research

We conduct an internationally recognised research programme in both applied and theoretical economics and topics in macroeconomics as well as having expertise in applying econometrics to a broad range of areas. Our staff, including emerging researchers, are regularly published in FT50 journals, A* and A journals.

Research expertise

Agricultural and natural resource economics

We study the interactions between farming, natural resources and agricultural lands in order to improve the organisation and governance of food systems.

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Economic development, innovation, and growth

Our researchers have expertise in investigating the quality of life and the growth of output across nations and the mechanism to change.

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Economic theory

We study why and how the economy behaves and investigate solutions based on mathematical tools.

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Environmental and ecological economics

Massey researchers have expertise in the interactions between human, ecosystem and environmental consequences of economic decisions in order to redirect economies towards sustainability.

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Financial economics

Our research expertise focuses on investigating the use and distribution of resources in markets under uncertainty.

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Health economics

At Massey we have research expertise in the functioning of healthcare systems and health-affecting behaviours. We evaluate multiple types of financial information such as costs, charges and expenditures.

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International economics

Our researchers study economic interactions of countries and the effect of international issues on the world economic activity such as economic and political issues related to international trade and finance.

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Labour economics

Our research focuses on labour markets in response to changing prices, profits, wages, and working conditions.

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Macroeconomics and monetary economics

Our researchers are investigating the aggregate performance, structure, behaviour, and decision-making of economies, including the role of monetary systems.

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Public economics

Massey University’s economics research in this area works to analyse the impact of government activity and policy on efficiency and equity.

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Tourism and sports economics

We have research expertise in analysing the economic concepts and applications in the context of tourism and sport.

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Volcanism - economic impacts

Based on our scientific discoveries, we model the economic impacts of volcanism and the effect on lifelines infrastructure, as well as the impacts on human health and agriculture.

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Research projects

Defining the New Zealand Protein Market

In this research project Professor Christoph Schumacher worked on modelling the global protein market (in terms of human and animal supply and demand) five, 10 and 15 years into the future. The project also worked to define the position of New Zealand in the context of the global protein market.

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New environmental standard for organisations

Dr Sue Cassells from the School of Economics and Finance is a technical advisor for a new environmental standard being developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) suite of standards for organisations.

The standard will provide organisations with guidance on determining their environmental costs and benefits. It will also provide principles, requirements and guidelines for monetary valuation of environmental impacts and aspects (such as emissions and use of natural resources and ecosystem services), including human health and the built environment.

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Shared Prosperity Composite Index

According to the Legatum Institute’s Global Prosperity Index New Zealand is currently the second most prosperous country in the world. However, our level of income inequality is worse than the OECD average, which itself is at its most unequal for the last half century.

Massey University's Knowledge Exchange Hub is developing a Shared Prosperity Composite Index as a means of measuring, tracking and addressing the level of shared prosperity in a society.

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The raw and the carved: Shipping costs and ivory smuggling

This research aimed to determine causes of a dramatic increase in elephant poaching in the late 2000s in Africa and Asia. Using a fixed panel-data regression model, Dr Brendan Moyle showed that shipping costs, especially for large shipments, were correlated to smuggling levels. Other factors include global interest rates, which motivate stockpiling by criminal organisations.

Dr Moyle was an external scientific expert on the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report into wildlife crime and this research project was used within that report.

    Departments and staff

    Find out more about the departments and staff involved in economics research at Massey.

    School of Economics and Finance

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    Research centres

      New Zealand Centre for Macroeconomics

      The Centre, led by Massey University, brings together researchers from universities and industry in New Zealand and around the world. Projects focus on policy-oriented projects of international, national and regional macroeconomics.

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      Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre

      The New Zealand Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre (SIERC) is a hub for interdisciplinary academic research in social innovation and entrepreneurship.

      The Centre investigates the application of ideas to areas of social value and entrepreneurial action by organisations and individuals that creates significant social value.

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      Westpac Massey Fin-Ed Centre

      The Westpac Massey Financial Education (Fin-Ed) Centre works to help New Zealanders become more financially savvy by improving their knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards money. The Fin-Ed Centre is globally unique for the breadth of its work around financial literacy, covering education, research and consultancy. We undertake research and run courses for both groups and individuals.

      Westpac Massey Fin-Ed Centre

      Departments and staff

      Find out more about the departments and staff involved in economics research at Massey.

      School of Economics and Finance

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