Economics at Waikato is ranked first for economics research in New Zealand (PBRF), with nine of New Zealand's top economists (RePEc) publishing empirical papers in top journals.

Further, our economists’ research influences decision-making by Government, international agencies and major firms and industry organisations wresting with contemporary monetary, fiscal, business and trade policies.

Recent news and events

Supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through Trade in Southeast Asia

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence held a dialogue on 16 March at Victoria University of Wellington’s Pipitea campus with two trade experts, Professor Anna Strutt from the University of Waikato and Anna Guenther, Women in Export Lead at the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Anna shared her knowledge of the diversity of Southeast Asia’s demography and economic landscape and what it means for exporters.

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The University of Auckland’s Public Policy Institute hosts an annual Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School (ATEPS). The School was launched in 2019 with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Professor Anna Strutt was a speaker in both 2020 and 2021.

To watch these videos, click on the links below.

ATEPS 2020: Local reflections on the global context

ATEPS 2021: How New Zealand responds to supply chain challenges

Waikato Chamber of Commerce

Anna Strutt also spoke on the panel of a webinar hosted by the Waikato Chamber of Commerce and Waikato Management School. The webinar was entitled 'Business in a post Covid World: Challenges and Implications for NZ Businesses.'

To watch this webinar, click on the image or here.


Professor Anna Strutt has been appointed a Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) research fellow for 2019-2022 and has joined the International Steering Committee (ISC) for Pacific Trade and Development (PAFTAD).

Both roles recognise her significant contribution to global trade research and analysis.

Marsden Fund

Professor John Gibson (SAFE)

Knowing where people live and work within a country is critical to public policy and economic research, and Professor John Gibson’s research titled ‘Mis-counting China’ has been awarded $858,000 to work towards correcting the current data gap in China.

This gap has been created through systematic and time-varying errors in local population data, and the team’s revised estimate of resident populations in China will be important in answering key questions on inequality, regional development policy and quality of life. Professor Gibson’s co-principal investigator, Professor Xin Deng, is from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Economics Forum

The 2021 and 2022 New Zealand Economics Forums were proudly hosted by the Waikato Management School.

The purpose of the Economics Forums are to bring together an outstanding lineup of top economists, policymakers and business leaders.

Expert perspectives were shared and debates occurred regarding some of the major challenges and opportunities facing our country today.

The 2023 New Zealand Economics Forum will also be held at Waikato University.

Examples of 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, 1-22.

Knook, J., Dorner, Z., & Stahlmann-Brown, P. (2022). Priming for individual energy efficiency action crowds out support for national climate change policy. Ecological Economics, 191

Li, L. & Scrimgeour, F. (2022). The co-integration of CDS and bonds in time-varying volatility dynamics: do credit risk swaps lower bond risks?. Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics & Econometrics, 26(3), 475-497.

Ha, V., Doan, T., & Holmes, M. (2022). What accounts for gender income inequality? Empirical evidence from Vietnamese small and medium manufacturing enterprises. Journal of Economic Development, 47(1), 65-84. 10.35866/CAUJED.2022.47.1.003

Walmsley, T., & Strutt, A. (2021). A Comparison of Approaches to Modelling Non-Tariff Measures. Journal of Global Economic Analysis6(1), 1–33.

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.