Professor Les Oxley

Les Oxley

Professor of Economics
Co-director of Responsible and Sustainable Management Unit - New Zealand Institute for Business Research


British and European History; Data mining; Economic Development; Economics; Environmental Change; Environmental History; Finance; History; New Zealand History; Sustainability

Qualifications: BA(Hons) MA(Money & Finance) PhD (Tilburg)

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB.2.18
Phone: +64 7 838 4076
Cellphone: 021 892 121

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About Les

Les Oxley is Professor of Economics at the University of Waikato's Management School; Adjunct Professor at Curtin University; Affiliate at Motu; Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA); and Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic History (CEH), ANU.

He is an Elected Fellow (since 2006) of the Royal Society of New Zealand (FRSNZ).

His research interests include Circular Economy and sustainable economic development; economic wellbeing; time series econometrics; financial econometrics (especially as it relates to cryptocurrencies); cliometrics; economic history; the economics of innovation; energy economics.

He was chair of the Business and Economics Panel of the 2018 Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) New Zealand research assessment exercise. He is co-Editor-in-Chief and joint founding editor of the Journal of Economic Surveys. He has received 7 Marsden funded grants and published on a wide range of topics. He is currently engaged in research on the Circular Economy and sustainable economic development; the effects of COVID-19 on financial markets; the effects of colonisation on the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

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Recent Publications

  • Corbet, S., Hou, Y., Hu, Y., Oxley, L., & Xu, D. (2021). Pandemic-related financial market volatility spillovers: Evidence from the Chinese COVID-19 epicentre. International Review of Economics and Finance, 71, 55-81. doi:10.1016/j.iref.2020.06.022

  • Liu, R., Gao, Z., Nayga, R. M., Shi, L., Oxley, L., & Ma, H. (2020). Can “green food” certification achieve both sustainable practices and economic benefits in a transitional economy? The case of kiwifruit growers in Henan Province, China. Agribusiness, 36(4), 675-692. doi:10.1002/agr.21641

  • Ahmad, M. I., Oxley, L., & Ma, H. (2020). What makes farmers exit farming: A case study of Sindh Province, Pakistan. Sustainability (Switzerland), 12(8), 17 pages. doi:10.3390/SU12083160

  • Corbet, S., Hou, Y., Hu, Y., & Oxley, L. (2020). The influence of COVID-19 pandemic on asset-price discovery: Testing the case of Chinese informational asymmetry. International Review of Financial Analysis, 72, 32 pages. doi:10.1016/j.irfa.2020.101560

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