Dr Susan Olivia

Susan Olivia

Senior Lecturer in Economics
Undergraduate Convenor, Economics


Development Economics Applied Microeconomics Microeconometrics Spatial Econometrics Urban Economics Geographic Information System (GIS) Indonesia China

Qualifications: PhD (University of California, Davis)

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB.2.11
Phone: +64 7 838 4112

Papers Taught

About Susan

Susan is a development economist whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of development, public economics, economic geography, microeconometrics and spatial econometrics.  She has worked as a consultant to the World Bank and has previously taught at the University of Melbourne. Prior joining Waikato, Susan was the Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow in the Econometrics and Business Statistics Department at Monash University. Her recent and ongoing projects include an impact evaluation of community-led sanitation program in Indonesiamodelling economic activity in Indonesia from space, implications of quality, quantity and price for taxing unhealthy items, crowd-sourced price data collection, socio-economic impacts of floods on Jakarta and promoting good aquaculture practices among shrimp farmers in Vietnam.  She has a PhD from the University of California, Davis.

Research Interests

Development Economics


Spatial Econometrics

Recent Publications

  • Gibson, J., Olivia, S., Boe-Gibson, G., & Li, C. (2021). Which night lights data should we use in economics, and where?. Journal of Development Economics, 149, 12 pages. doi:10.1016/j.jdeveco.2020.102602

  • Olivia, S. (2021). OECD Economic Surveys: Indonesia 2021. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 57(3), 376-377. doi:10.1080/00074918.2021.1992831

  • Najam, Z., & Olivia, S. (2021). Does the impact of cash transfers differ across poverty measures? Evidence from Pakistan (9/21). Waikato Management School.

  • Gibson, J., Olivia, S., & Boe-Gibson, G. (2020). Night lights in Economics: Sources and uses: CSAE Working Paper (WPS/2020-01). Centre for the Study of African Economics, University of Oxford.

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