Dr Gazi M Hassan

Gazi Hassan

Senior Lecturer in Economics
Convenor - Work Integrated Learning (Internships/Projects)


Economic Development; Economics; Globalisation; International Finance; Labour Market; Management; Migration; Pacific Issues; Poverty; Religion; Social Science Research; Statistics; Sustainability


Qualifications: B.B.A. Marketing (NSU, Bangladesh); M.A. Econ. (Kent, UK) ; M.A. Econ. (York, Canada); Ph.D. Econ. (Western Sydney, Australia)

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Contact Details

Room: MSB2.22
Phone: +64 7 858 5164
Cellphone: 021 041 1978

Papers Taught

About Gazi

Gazi Hassan is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Waikato. He is also a Research Associate in the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, and a Visiting Academic at the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, Oxford University. His research field is broadly development macroeconomics, specifically looking into overseas migration of manpower from developing countries and the consequences of international remittances. He is currently working on a couple of new research projects investigating how inflowing remittances at the household level could be a source of finance for sustainable development goals, in particular, climate adaptation costs and clean energy expenditures in poor coastal countries. Gazi is among the top 25% of all economics authors in New Zealand (RePEc) and is an internationally recognised researcher in the field of "workers' remittances" according to the ranking of Google Scholar. Gazi supervises a number of Ph.D. and Masters theses in economics and teaches graduate research methodology at the Waikato Management School covering both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social science research.

Gazi is keen on supervising interesting and insightful empirical Ph.D. projects in economics that apply innovative identification strategies using either econometrics or qualitative methods but encourages the use of mixed-methodology approach to the research problem. Supervision queries related broadly to the following research themes are welcome:

1. Understanding the nature and flows of private unearned income (remittances, foreign aid, gifts or charity), and their welfare impact on the aggregate, institutional, community, and household level.

2. Innovative Financing for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). In particular, the role of new forms of capital (e.g. remittances securitization or sustainability bonds or sovereign wealth funds) in promoting the achievement of SDG.

3. Financial inclusion, gender and mobile technology, inclusive economic growth, and pro-poor macroeconomic policies in the developing and pacific countries.

4. Funding for clean energy and climate adaptation expenditures by remittances flows in developing countries and small island developing states (SIDS).

Research Supervised

Doctor of Philosophy (Chief Supervisor): 

  1. Chan Mono Oum – “Temporary migration, micro-credit and remittances in Cambodia”. (2018 - ongoing)
  2. Noushad Khan Feroz – “Investors perception and information network in social media”. (2019 - ongoing)
  3. Jahan Abdul Raheem – “Financial crisis, remittance and monetary transmission mechanism”. (2019 - ongoing)
  4. J. M. D. S. Wijayarathne – “Migrant remittances and households’ investments in Sri Lanka” (2019 - ongoing)

Doctor of Philosophy (Supervisor): 

  1. Harold Glenn A. Valera – "Inflation and Macroeconomic Performance in Asian Economies Under Inflation Targeting Framework: Time Series and Data Analysis"  (Completed – IRRI-Manilla)
  2. Mohammad Irfan  – "Determinants of Fossil Fuel and Clean Fuel at Household Level: Evidence from Pakistan"  (Completed – Otago University)
  3. Van Ha – "The effects of Foreign Direct Investment on Domestic Firms: the Case of Vietnam" (2017 - ongoing)

Masters dissertation:

  1. Devarsh Nirav Pathak – "An Investigation into the Interest Rate Pass-Through in New Zealand" (Completed – ASB Bank NZ)
  2. Balbir Kaur Samara – “Inequality and gender gap in New Zealand household and workplace ” (Completed – Ministry of Social Development, Government of NZ)
  3. Yi Yang – “Role of macro-economic factors affecting international trade and consumer behaviour in China and New Zealand?” (Completed – overseas)
  4. Atikul Islam – “International students’ perception of and financial contribution to New Zealand: an empirical study” (Completed – tax consulting)
  5. Asena Pouli – “Energy poverty, fuelwood consumption and women’s health in Tongan households” (Ongoing – intern The Treasury, NZ)

Research Interests

Workers' remittances; empirical growth economics; development macroeconomics; gender issues in health and education; inflation targeting in Asia; economies of South Asia.

Recent Publications

  • Ha, V., Holmes, M. J., & Hassan, G. (2020). Does foreign investment benefit the exporting activities of Vietnamese firms?. The World Economy, 43(6), 1619-1646. doi:10.1111/twec.12912

  • Ha, V. T. C., Holmes, M., Doan, T., & Hassan, G. (2019). Does foreign investment enhance domestic manufacturing firms’ labour productivity? Evidence from a quantile regression approach. Economic Change and Restructuring, online, 18 pages. doi:10.1007/s10644-019-09251-x

  • Hassan, G., & Holmes, M. (2019). How do workers' remittances respond to lending rates?. International Migration, 57(5), 21-36.

  • Hassan, G., & Shakur, S. (2018). Are there significant externality effects of remittances in Asian economic growth?. Applied Economics Quarterly, 64(2), 127-135.

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