The Experimental Economics Research Group
Dr. Steven Tucker
Founder and Director of WEEL
Steven uses experimental economic methods to study research questions in a range of fields in economics such as industrial organization, financial economics, risk and uncertainty, and macroeconomics. His research deals with topics such as: factors that mitigate asset market bubble formation; mechanisms to provide public goods through voluntary contributions; mechanisms to provide debt relief to developing countries and mechanisms to reduce insurance fraud.
Michael is a senior lecturer in economics. He gained his PhD from University of Waikato in 2007, with a thesis titled "The Relationship between Poverty and HIV/AIDS in Rural Thailand". His current research interests include population, health and development issues (including the social impacts of liquor outlet density, the economics of communicable diseases especially HIV/AIDS, health applications of non-market valuation, and health and development project monitoring and evaluation), population modelling and stochastic modelling, and economics education.
Dan Marsh was awarded his MA from Oxford University, MSc from the University of Reading and PhD (Factors affecting innovation in biotechnology) from the University of Waikato. He worked for UKs Overseas Development Administration on aid projects in Nepal and Botswana from 1980-1988. From 1988-1991 he worked for an international firm of Consulting Engineers on assignments in UK, Ghana, Pakistan, Oman and Bangladesh. After moving to New Zealand in 1991 he has worked as an independent consultant on projects in New Zealand, Nepal, Pakistan and Cambodia, India and Kazakhstan and Bosnia. He started teaching at the University of Waikato in 1995 and has taught courses in environmental, natural resource, international and development economics. In recent years Dan has specialised in non-market valuation and the economics of water quality improvement, with a specific focus on development of quantitative approaches that allow policy makers to consider both the costs and the benefits of changes in the quality of environmental and natural resources.