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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.

Macroeconomics research expertise

Expertise in economy-wide behaviour including aggregate consumption, prices, unemployment, interest rates, and monetary and fiscal policy.

Development,economic growth, and international trade

Expertise in economic growth theories and growth empirics, international trade and development.

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Energy economics

Research expertise in interactions between commodity market and financial market and between fossil fuel price and feedstock edible oil price.

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International finance

We have research expertise around exchange rates, capital flows, international price differences, financial flows and crises. We also have expertise in the ways politics influence financial markets.

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Monetary and fiscal policy

Expertise in national and global monetary and fiscal policies and interest rates.

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Microeconomics research expertise

We have researchers with expertise in both the theory and practice of individual, company-wide and industrial decision-making and the economic impacts of those decisions.

Environmental, agricultural and ecological economics

Massey researchers have expertise in agricultural and environmental issues and their impact on and connection with economic and development issues. This includes trade programs to improve conservation (and development) outcomes and impacts of illegal trade in wildlife.

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Health economics

Delivering effective and efficient health care is the central concern of health economics. At Massey we have expertise in health economics with a focus across New Zealand and international health services and public health interventions.

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Population economics and economic geography

Population economics and economic geography are areas devoted to the demography and distributions of economic activity, be it people, businesses or infrastructure. Massey research has a particular focus on the economics of migration, economic interests of Māori and indigenous peoples and home ownership.

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Sport economics

Massey researchers have expertise in the analysis of public sector investment in sporting infrastructure and events. We also apply game theory to create theoretical mathematical decision-making models of sporting activity.

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Urban, rural, real estate and regional economics and development

Research using the tools of economics to analyse urban issues such as crime, education, public transit, housing, and local government finance. Regional development.

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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.

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    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

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      School of Economics and Finance

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