Dr Susan Olivia

Susan Olivia

Senior Lecturer in Economics
Undergraduate Convenor, Economics


Economic Development; Economics; Poverty

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

Qualifications: PhD

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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 and the socio-economic impacts of floods on Jakarta. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Davis.

Research Interests

Development Economics


Recent Publications

  • Gibson, J., Olivia, S., & Boe-Gibson, G. (2020). Night lights in Economics: Sources and uses. Journal of Economic Surveys, 34(5), 955-980. doi:10.1111/joes.12387

  • 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.

  • Olivia, S., Gibson, J., & Nasrudin, R. (2020). Indonesia in the time of Covid-19. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 56(2), 143-174. doi:10.1080/00074918.2020.1798581

  • Cameron, L., Olivia, S., & Shah, M. (2019). Scaling up sanitation: Evidence from an RCT in Indonesia. Journal of Development Economics, 138, 1-16. doi:10.1016/j.jdeveco.2018.12.001

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