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Vacancy for Professor/Associate Professor in Economics closes 19 May

  • Utilise your passion and academic expertise for Applied Economics
  • Excellent research environment and generous research support
  • AUT is now ranked in the top 1.2% of all universities worldwide

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is vibrant, achievement-oriented and a rewarding place to work. As one of the world’s top 30 millennial universities and New Zealand’s newest, it offers a stimulating teaching and research environment with strong connections to Government, business and industry.  AUT has over 29,000 students and 2,500 staff across our three teaching campuses and is located in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland­ – consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The School of Economics

AUT’s School of Economics (part of our Faculty of Business, Economics and Law) has a reputation for outstanding research that is contemporary and relevant. AUT’s ambition is to be the best empirical economics research school in New Zealand and AUT offer research support consistent with this ambition. AUT are climbing the rankings and are now within the top 300 in the world (Economics and Econometrics, QS World University Rankings 2019), have thirteen full-time staff and growing numbers of PhD, Masters and Honours students. The School specialises in applied economics, with staff routinely publishing in top-ranked international economic journals and their research regularly informing government policy. The School has an on-site Datalab, with secure access to Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), and close affiliation with AUT’s New Zealand Work Research Institute. AUT also prides itself on its high-quality teaching, which is informed by AUT’s research and provides students with rigorous analytical skills.

The Role

AUT are seeking to appoint a Professor, or Associate Professor, of Economics to make outstanding contributions within Macroeconomics, Time Series Econometrics, Behavioural Economics, Health Economics or Urban Economics.

You will conduct high-quality scholarly research as well as translate and communicate research to wider audiences. Research with high impact on policy or practice is especially valued.  You will supervise postgraduate students and support the development of their research. You will provide strategic advice and support on key School and Faculty projects and provide academic leadership within the School.

You’ll value diversity and work inclusively. A collegial and positive attitude is essential.

You’ll join a small but focussed, open and highly collaborative group that supports the growth of its people. There is genuinely positive energy within the School and AUT offer an excellent research environment, with generous research support. The Faculty also offers a variety of contestable research funds.

Applications and Key Selection Criteria

AUT welcome applications from suitably qualified senior academics and request they submit a cover letter, full CV (including a full list of publications and contact details of at least three referees) plus a statement addressing the following key selection criteria:

  1. PhD in Economics, preferably specialising in either Macroeconomics, Time Series Econometrics, Behavioural Economics, Health Economics or Urban Economics
  2. Sustained outstanding contribution and impact in research and scholarship at a national and international level within either Macroeconomics, Time Series Econometrics, Behavioural Economics, Health Economics or Urban Economics
  3. Sustained outstanding contribution and effectiveness in teaching, assessment and curriculum design with evidence of a scholarly approach to teaching, including the supervision of postgraduate students to completion
  4. Sustained outstanding contribution and impact in service both to your university and the external community
  5. Sustained outstanding academic leadership and service (required to be appointed to the professoriate)
  6. A track record of successful research grant applications, strong writing and organisational skills
  7. Experience in establishing effective and enduring relationships with business, government, professional groups and/or the wider community
  8. Applicants are welcome to add further comments of their own, which they feel of relevance to the role and its requirements.

For enquiries of an academic nature: contact Associate Professor Saten Kumar, Head of School Economics saten.kumar@aut.ac.nz. For recruitment enquiries: contact Mike Wood, Executive Recruitment Partner mike.wood@aut.ac.nz.

Start Date: AUT anticipate the successful candidate ideally starting January 2020 (or earlier by negotiation)

Closing date: Sunday, 19 May 2019

AUT’s School of Economics is committed to achieving greater diversity and welcomes applications from all, including in particular, suitably qualified individuals from under-represented groups.

Please note that all applications must be submitted through the AUT online application process – click here to for access.

Vacancies for Lecturer/Senior Lecturers in Economics at AUT close 5 May

  • Utilise your passion and academic expertise for Applied Economics
  • Excellent research environment and generous research support
  • AUT is now ranked in the top 1.2% of all universities worldwide

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is vibrant, achievement-oriented and a rewarding place to work. As one of the world’s top 30 millennial universities and New Zealand’s newest, it offers a stimulating teaching and research environment with strong connections to Government, business and industry.  AUT has over 29,000 students and 2,500 staff across our three teaching campuses and is located in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland­ – consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The School of Economics

AUT’s School of Economics (part of our Faculty of Business, Economics and Law) has a reputation for outstanding research that is contemporary and relevant. AUT’s ambition is to be the best empirical economics research school in New Zealand and AUT offer research support consistent with this ambition. AUT are climbing the rankings and are now within the top 300 in the world (Economics and Econometrics, QS World University Rankings 2019), have thirteen full-time staff and growing numbers of PhD, Masters and Honours students. The School specialises in applied economics, with staff routinely publishing in top-ranked international economic journals and their research regularly informing government policy. The School has an on-site Datalab, with secure access to Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), and close affiliation with AUT’s New Zealand Work Research Institute. AUT also prides itself on its high-quality teaching, which is informed by AUT research and provides students with rigorous analytical skills.

The Role

AUT have permanent, full-time opportunities for Lecturers or Senior Lecturers of Economics to develop their career in teaching, research and service. AUT are specifically seeking expertise in one or more of the following fields: Macroeconomics, Time Series Econometrics, Behavioural Economics, Health Economics and Urban Economics.

A Lecturer (respectively, Senior Lecturer) on the Research Track is roughly equivalent to an Assistant Professor (respectively, tenured Assistant/Associate Professor) in the North American system.

You will be expected to publish actively in your specialised field. Research is well supported within the School. You’ll also teach across economics programmes as assigned by the Head of School, which may include one evening class per week. AUT embrace practice-led, as well as research-informed, approaches to teaching where the student experience is optimised. It is also expected that over time the successful candidate will seek external research funding, engage with government, business, the professions and/or the community, and contribute to School/Faculty activities.

A collaborative, open and engaging attitude that is flexible to School requirements is essential. You’ll join a small but focussed, open and highly collaborative group that supports the growth of its people. There is genuinely positive energy within the School and AUT offer an excellent research environment, with generous research support. The Faculty also offers a variety of contestable research funds.

Application information

AUT welcome applications from suitably qualified applicants and request they submit a full CV (including a full list of publications and contact details for three referees), plus a cover letter addressing the following key requirements for the role (listed below).  Applicants without a publication record should also submit a job market paper.

Key requirements for the role

Qualification:

  • PhD (or very close to submission for examination) in Economics – preferably specialising in Macroeconomics, Time Series Econometrics, Behavioural Economics, Health Economics or Urban Economics

Research and Scholarship:

  • Research interests should be in either Macroeconomics, Time Series Econometrics, Behavioural Economics, Health Economics or Urban Economics.
  • An early career academic will have the basis of a solid research pipeline and a job market paper available.
  • More experienced candidates will already have a proven research track record with quality publications and ideally also success in external funding bids.

Teaching and Learning:

  • An early career academic will ideally have at least some previous teaching assistant experience.
  • More experienced candidates will have previous lecturing experience, evidence of curriculum development and also ideally experience supervising Masters and/or PhD students.

Appointment level and salary will be commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful applicant.

Start Date: The successful candidates will start as early as possible, and preferably by January 2020.  

For academic enquiries: Contact Associate Professor Saten Kumar, Head of the School Economics – saten.kumar@aut.ac.nz. For recruitment enquiries: Contact Mike Wood, Executive Recruitment Partner – mike.wood@aut.ac.nz

Closing Date: Sunday, 5 May 2019

AUT’s School of Economics is committed to achieving greater diversity and welcomes applications from all, including in particular, suitably qualified individuals from under-represented groups.

Please note that all applications must be submitted through the AUT online application process – click here to for access.

Registration closing soon for the 9th NZ Macroeconomic Dynamics Workshop

Victoria University of WellingtonThe School of Economics and Finance invites you to attend the 9th NZ Macroeconomic Dynamics Workshop 2019.

See the FINAL PROGRAMME attached. There is no registration fee to attend but for catering purposes please register with Numa Fonoti (Numa.Fonoti@vuw.ac.nz) no later than Friday, 19 April 2019 and include any special dietary requirements.
When:
8.45am – 5.00pm

Friday 26 April, 2019
 

 
Where:
RHMZ03, Mezzanine Level, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus

23 Lambton Quay

Register now by clicking below and completing your details
Register Now

For other forthcoming events across institutions, see lists here.

Dec 2018 AI (#63) congratulates economists inducted as Royal Society Fellows

Asymmetric Information Issue No. 63

Contents

  • Editorial
  • An interview with Brent Layton (by John Yeabsley)
  • Two new FRSNZs (by Norman Gemmell and Les Oxley
  • The ‘Five Minute Interview’ (Christie Smith)
  • Blogwatch (by Paul Walker)
  • Conference Assistants (by John Yeabsley)
  • Do housing allowances increase rents? Evidence from a discrete policy change (by Dean Hyslop and David Rea, Motu)
  • Hawke on Australasian Economic Thought
  • Research interests at VUW

Last Call for Papers at NZAE Annual Conference July 2019 Wellington

Last Call for Papers
60th New Zealand Association of Economists Annual Conference
To be held at Victoria University of Wellington
3, 4, 5 July 2019 (Wed, Thurs, Fri)

The New Zealand Association of Economists is pleased to announce the Last Call for Papers for its 60th Annual Conference. Abstracts can be submitted here by 1 April.

See attached for more information: nzae2019_ last _call_for_papers

Vacancy for postdoctoral fellow at AUT closes 19 April 2019

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – NZWRI

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law,

Auckland University of Technology

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Full-time, Fixed-term (Two Years)

AUT City Campus

The New Zealand Work Research Institute contributes to high-quality research (at both the national and international level) regarding people and work, with respect to labour market dynamics; employment relations; wellbeing and performance; diversity in the workplace; health and work; and the role of technology. Our research groups engage over 70 research experts to provide research that ticks the boxes for both academic rigour, as well as being relevant to policy makers in business, government, and the community in general.

We place emphasis on a collaborative approach and rank engagement with external stakeholders as a high priority. The institute also provides commissioned work for a range of external clients, with recent examples including work for the United Nations Women, Productivity Commission, Ministry for Women, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit. Further information on the institute can be found through our website at: www.workresearch.aut.ac.nz.

Our current research projects focus on utilising NZ’s population-wide administrative database (the Integrated Data Infrastructure) – which houses microdata about people and households, sourced from government agencies, as well as Statistics NZ surveys.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a two-year fixed-term appointment.

The key fields of interest are public economics; health education and labour economics; demography; and urban economics

The candidate must have:  

  • PhD in Economics
  • Strong empirical skills and experience using large linked administrative datasets
  • Interest in labour/health/education/urban related topics
  • Highly competent using econometric software, such as Stata, SQL, R, etc.

The successful candidate will be expected to work in a team-based setting and publish high-quality applied research in labour, health, education economics and related fields. You will be working closely with the Institute Director, Professor Gail Pacheco and a core group of economists. Professor Pacheco was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious NZIER Economics Award. This annual award seeks to highlight outstanding contributions to the advancement of economics and its applications in New Zealand. Active participation in workshops and conferences is expected, as is the building of international research connections.  

AUT is ranked among the fastest growing young universities, with nearly 29,000 students (See Times Higher Education ranking information at www.aut.ac.nz/about-aut/qs-world-university-rankings). AUT is also located in central Auckland, which is rated as one of the most liveable cities in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World’s_most_livable_cities (for more information on both Auckland and New Zealand see www.newzealand.com/int/auckland).

To apply, please visit the careers site careers.aut.ac.nz and follow the links to submit your application, which should include a cover letter, CV, job-market paper and three reference letters.

Enquiries regarding this position can be made by contacting Professor Gail Pacheco at gail.pacheco@aut.ac.nz

Auckland University of Technology is an EEO employer, we are committed to the Treaty of Waitangi and to equity. AUT aspires to be the University of choice for Maori and Pacific communities.

Please note that all applications must be submitted through the online application process.

First Call for Papers at NZAE Annual Conference July 2019 Wellington

First Call for Papers:
60th New Zealand Association of Economists Annual Conference
To be held at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington 3, 4, 5 July 2019 (Wed, Thurs, Fri)
Abstracts can be submitted here. (See attached for more information)

NZAE PhD Student Workshop, 2019

For whom: PhD students in Economics who are either New Zealand-based or are New Zealand students studying abroad. Preference will be given to PhD students in the first two years of their studies who register for the NZAE conference.
When: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
Where: Wellington TBC (See attached for more information)

Stata Prize for Excellence in Graphics Communication

The Stata Prize for Excellence in Graphics Communications will be awarded to the written paper that is deemed to make the best use of graphs for data visualization or communication of research findings using graphics. The papers will be judged by leading empirical researchers in economics. (See attached for more information and conditions of entry)

Please address conference enquiries to:

Ian Duncan or Shelley Haring (contact details in attached)

NZAE_2019_first_call_for_papers

2018 NZEP Issue 3 includes analysis of NZ rich list

The contents of New Zealand Economic Papers, Volume 52, Issue 3, 2018 (available online or by subscription):

  • Monetary, prudential and fiscal policy: how much coordination is needed? by Stephen G. Cecchetti
  • Inflation expectations and low inflation in New Zealand by Özer Karagedikli & C. John McDermott
  • The New Zealand rich list twenty years on by Tim Hazledine & Max Rashbrooke
  • Modal shift for New Zealand shippers for various policy scenarios by Hyun Chan Kim, Diana Kusumastuti & Alan Nicholson
  • The marginal welfare cost of personal income taxation in New Zealand by John Creedy & Penny Mok

Call for applications for A R Bergstrom Prize in Econometrics

NOTE: APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED.

Applications are now being sought for the A R Bergstrom Prize in Econometrics, 2019.

The objective of the Prize is to reward the achievement of excellence in econometrics, as demonstrated by a research paper in any area of econometrics. The Prize is open to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand who, on the closing date of applications, have current or recent (i.e. within two years) student status for a higher degree. It is intended that the awardee will utilise the proceeds to assist in financing further study or research in econometrics in New Zealand or overseas.

The Prize can be awarded once every two years, with a value of NZ$1,000 (NB Payment will be to a domestic New Zealand bank account in the name of the prize winner). The selection panel will be appointed by the A R Bergstrom Prize Committee.

Applications/nominations must include:

  • a formal letter of application and, in the case of students, a letter of nomination by their research adviser or chairperson
  • a research paper written by a single author, reporting original research in any area of econometrics
  • a CV and relevant academic transcripts

Applications should be emailed by Friday 15 February 2019 to:
Dr. Leo Krippner ( leo.krippner@rbnz.govt.nz )

See NZAE page for further information on the prize.

Congratulations to recipients of NZAE prizes in 2018

Congratulations to the following recipients of prizes presented at NZAE Conference 2018. More detail on each prize is available at https://nzae.org.nz/prizes/

David Teece Prize in Industrial Organisation and Firm Behaviour Richard Meade
New Zealand Economic Policy Prize Jed Armstrong, Hayden Skilling & Fang Yao
NZIER Poster prize – open Hanna Habibi
NZIER Poster prize – student Hanna Habibi
People’s choice poster Samuel Verevis
Jan Whitwell Doctoral Yaxiong (Sherry) Li
Jan Whitwell Bachelors / Masters Ben Davies
Seamus Hogan Research Prize Sally Owen
Statistics NZ prize Isabelle Bouchard, Lydia Cheung & Gail Pacheco

GEN 2018 conference 9 Nov 2018

Improving peoples’ lives through effective policy

Ensuring policies are effective and achieve the desired impacts is harder than it seems. The conference will explore how economic analysis can help us to advise governments on the best ways to improve the quality of peoples’ lives.

Conference website

NZAE Conference 2019 early information

See dedicated conference website for more detail released nearer to the event.

Title: NZAE Conference 2019
Location: Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington
Description: Annual 3-day NZAE Conference
Start Date: 2019-07-03
Start Time: 08:00
End Date: 2019-07-05
End Time: 13:30

2019 Conference important dates:

  • Wednesday 20th February First notice of conference sent out
  • Wednesday 20th February Portal for abstract submissions opens
  • Friday 22nd March Final notice of conference sent out
  • Monday 25th March Conference registration opens
  • Monday 1st April Abstracts Due
  • By Monday 22nd April Notification of acceptances
  • Monday 13th May Registration deadline for presenters
  • Monday 13th May Deadline for early-bird registration
  • Monday 10th June Full papers due for entries to prizes
  • Wednesday 3rd July Conference start
  • Friday 5th July Conference end

PhD Workshop: Tuesday, 2nd July; venue TBD

2019 Conference keynotes:

Canterbury scientific integrity workshop 26-Oct-18

There is more and more evidence that findings from many scientific studies cannot be reproduced, casting doubt on the reliability of these studies. This will be discussed at a ‘Reproducibility and Integrity in Scientific Research’ workshop, University of Canterbury, October 26, 2018. Registration details at https://blogs.canterbury.ac.nz/intercom/2018/09/21/workshop-on-reproducibility-and-integrity-in-scientific-research/.

Aug 2018 AI (#62) includes recent awards and photos

Asymmetric Information Issue No. 62

Contents

  • Editorial
  • An interview with Paul Conway (by John Yeabsley)
  • The ‘Five Minute Interview’ (Christina Leung)
  • NZIER Economics Award 2018 Citation
  • NZAE Conference 2018 Awards
  • NZAE Conference 2018 Photos
  • Blogwatch (by Paul Walker)
  • GEN 2018 Annual Conference Notification
  • Environmental-Economic Accounting at Stats NZ
  • Creedy on Corden
  • WEAI Conferences, Save the Dates
  • 29th Australian & New Zealand Econometric Study Group (ANZESG) Meeting
  • NEW MEMBERS (for 2018 up to 1 August 2018)
  • The A R Bergstrom Prize in Econometrics, 2019

2018 NZEP Issue 2 includes whether state ownership is detrimental to performance

The contents of New Zealand Economic Papers, Volume 52, Issue 2, 2018 (available online or by subscription):

  • The fall (and rise) of labour share in New Zealand by Benjamin Bridgman & Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy
  • Business cycle accounting for New Zealand by Thakshila Gunaratna & Robert Kirkby
  • Artwork characteristics and prices in the New Zealand secondary art market, 1988–2011 by John Forster & Helen Higgs
  • New Zealand State-owned enterprises: is state-ownership detrimental to firm performance? by Kenny Ka Yin Chan, Li Chen & Norman Wong
  • Income effects and the elasticity of taxable income by John Creedy, Norman Gemmell & Josh Teng
  • The economists and New Zealand population: problems and policies 1900–1980s by Geoffrey T. F. Brooke, Anthony M. Endres & Alan J. Rogers
  • The effect of public funding on research output: the New Zealand Marsden Fund by Jason Gush, Adam Jaffe, Victoria Larsen & Athene Laws
  • Citation for John Gibson to mark his Distinguished Fellow Award by the New Zealand Association of Economists by Arthur Grimes

Ralph Lattimore elected NZAE Life Member

Ralph has been a longstanding member of the NZAE, including serving on the Council from 2003-2007. He was actively involved in proposing and furthering several initiatives which now a core part of the NZAE. Life membership was a particular push by Ralph, and he played a role in celebrating the early workers for NZAE Distinguished Fellows. Ralph was involved in the drive to set up a form of “lifetime achievement awards” to complement the annual Economist of the Year. He also wrote citations for several [Peter Lloyd and Brian Easton]. In terms of his contributions to the NZ economics profession more widely, Ralph along with Gary Hawke was keen to record our history, both economic and of the early economists. This had various aspects, but included their joint history of agriculture [Hawke & Lattimore (1999) Visionaries, Farmers & Markets: An Economic History of New Zealand Agriculture], their work on the early days of economics as a discipline [Hawke & Lattimore (2002) Scoping the History of Economics in New Zealand] plus of course the successive editions of the short macroeconomic history of NZ that started as A Briefing on the NZ Economy with Paul Dalziel.

Housing Unaffordability special issue call for papers

Housing Unaffordability: An International Economic Problem

Guest Editors:
Peter Phillips peter.phillips@yale.edu
Ryan Greenway-McGrevy r.mcgrevy@auckland.ac.nz

Housing has become increasingly expensive in many urban centres around the world, creating a global economic problem with no easy policy solutions. Housing unaffordability has a pervasive influence on many aspects of economic life. It impacts intergenerational equity, affects retirement decisions, labour mobility and immigration, and raises major policy challenges at both local and national government levels.

This Special Issue of New Zealand Economic Papers will be devoted to addressing these questions using evidence based economic analysis. We welcome research on all aspects of this global economic problem, including its causes, consequences, and policy responses, as well as methodological approaches to its study and empirical analysis.

Ranking: Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List – B ranking.

Submission: via the online portal at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rnzp

Please indicate that your paper is meant for the special issue on “Housing Unaffordability” during the submission process.
Selection of papers for the special issue will follow peer review.

Availability: New Zealand Economic Papers is a fully peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by leading international publishers Taylor & Francis (under the Routledge imprint) on behalf of the New Zealand Association of Economists.
The journal is indexed in leading international databases including EconLit, ABI/Inform and EBSCO.

Submission deadline: 31 March 2019

NZEP Call for papers Jun18