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; Economic Development; Economics; Environmental History; New Zealand History; Sustainability

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

Contact Details

Room: MSB.2.18
Phone: +64 7 838 4076
Cellphone: 021 892 121

Papers Taught

About Les

Les Oxley is Professor of Economics at the University of Waikato's Management School; Adjunct Professor at Curtin University; Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling; 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 of the Royal Society of New Zealand (FRSNZ).

His research interests include time series econometrics; cliometrics; economic history; the economics of innovation; energy economics; environmental economics and economic wellbeing.

He is 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 and a member of the New Zealand Minister of Finance's Committee of Academic Advisors. He has published on a wide range of topics and is currently engaged in his sixth Marsden-funded research project.

Co-Editor in Chief, Journal of Economic Surveys,
Associate Investigator, Te Punaha Matatini Centre of Research Excellence,
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Recent Publications

  • 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

  • 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, online, 18 pages. doi:10.1002/agr.21641

  • Hu, Y., Valera, H. G. A., & Oxley, L. (2019). Market efficiency of the top market-cap cryptocurrencies: Further evidence from a panel framework. Finance Research Letters, 31, 138-145. doi:10.1016/

  • Song, C. X., Liu, R. F., Oxley, L., & Ma, H. Y. (2019). Do farmers care about climate change? Evidence from five major grain producing areas of China. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 18(6), 1402-1414. doi:10.1016/S2095-3119(19)62687-0

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