Mark J. Holmes

Mark Holmes

Professor of Economics, Graduate Convenor (Economics)


Economics; Energy; International Finance; Labour Market

Real estate; Macroeconomics

Qualifications: BA (Hons) (Essex), MSc (London), PhD (Dundee)

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB.2.20
Phone: +64 7 838 4454

Papers Taught

About Mark

Mark has research interests that relate to applied macroeconomics, international finance, housing and energy markets. He primarily lectures on macroeconomics and research methods. Mark has previously served as elected President of the New Zealand of Association of Economists and as Editor-in-Chief of New Zealand Economic Papers. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Dundee, and has previously been employed by the University of Dundee and Loughborough University in the UK.

Research Supervised

Mark has been involved in the supervision to completion of fifteen PhD investigations at the University of Waikato. These include:

  • Ha, V. T. C. (2021). The effects of foreign direct investment on domestic firms: The case of Vietnam (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from
  • Valera, H. G. A. (2017). Inflation and Macroeconomic Effects of Inflation Targeting in Asia: Time-Series and Cross-Country Analysis (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from
  • Shen, X. (2014). The Stock Market, the Housing Market and Consumption (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from
  • Mengesha, L. G. (2013). An Investigation of the Macroeconomic and Monetary Effects of Dollarization in Eritrea (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from

Research Interests

Mark's research interests include applied macroeconomics as well as the behaviour of interest rates, real estate and energy markets. Information on Marks's recent and older publications can be found on Google Scholar and Scopus. Publications include studies of the labour market, interest rate behaviour, inflation targeting and house prices. His recent publications include papers published in Energy Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, and Urban Studies. The current worldwide IDEAS/RePEc Economist rankings places Mark within the top 5% of authors.

Recent Publications

  • Doan, T., Holmes, M., Ha, V., & Tran, T. (2022). How New Zealand migrants fare in Australia: what explains their wealth gap?. New Zealand Economic Papers, online, 1-22. doi:10.1080/00779954.2022.2063163

  • Holmes, M. J., & Otero, J. (2021). The wage curve within and across regions: New insights from a pairwise view of US states. Empirical Economics, online, 21 pages. doi:10.1007/s00181-021-02097-1

  • Ha, V. T. C., Holmes, M., Doan, T., & Hassan, G. (2021). Does foreign investment enhance domestic manufacturing firms’ labour productivity? Evidence from a quantile regression approach. Economic Change and Restructuring, 54, 637-654. doi:10.1007/s10644-019-09251-x

  • Ha, V., Holmes, M. J., & Hassan, G. (2021). Does foreign direct investment influence R&D activity in the host country? Evidence from Vietnam. International Journal of Emerging Markets, online, 21 pages. doi:10.1108/IJOEM-08-2020-0932

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