2021 Programme | Day 1


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DAY 1 – WED 23 JUNE 2021

8:00 – 9:00


 9:00 – 10:00 



Room: RHLT2

Chair: Caralee McLeish

Aoteanomics; A Vision for a Thriving, Just and Sustainable Aotearoa NZ – Download Abstract

10:00 – 10:30

Morning Tea



 10:30 – 12:00 

NZWEN Networking Drinks: 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Tuesday, 22 June, Huxley’s Bar, Wellington (34 Bowen St, Pipitea) RSVP / MORE INFO

10:30 – 12:00

 Session 1.1   Auckland Council – Urban Economics


Room: RHLT2

Chair: Shyamal Maharaj

This is the RUB: Does Auckland’s urban growth boundary inflate land prices inside it?

Shane Martin – Auckland Council

The gravity of density: We’ve zoned for brownfield growth, but is it happening as expected?

Shyamal Maharaj – Auckland Council

Fine in places: Does Auckland’s residential zoning match revealed demand?

Shane Martin – Auckland Council

Distributional Price Effects of an Affordable Housing Program in Auckland, New Zealand

Mario Fernandez – Auckland Council

10:30 – 12:00

 Session 1.2   Productivity, Growth, and Equality


Room: RHLT3

Chair: Mohammad Rahman

The shares of wages, profit, and rent in New Zealand: Two decompositions – Download Full Paper

Geoff Bertram – Victoria University of Wellington & Bill Rosenberg – NZ Council of Trade Unions

Costs of LDC Graduation: Evidence from Bangladesh – Download Full Paper

Mohammad Rahman – University of Waikato & National University of Singapore

Technological Innovation: Total Factor Productivity Nexus in the Emerging Market and Developing Economies

Yong Srun Vann – Lincoln University

Reinterpreting Productivity: New Zealand’s Surprising Performance – Download Full Paper

Arthur Grimes – Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

10:30 – 12:00

 Session 1.3   Wellbeing, and Income


Room: RHMZ03

Chair: Oscar Parkyn

How can Central Banks promote Well-being in Nations? – Download Full Paper

Hamed Shafiee – New Zealand Productivity Commission

The effects of neighbourhood and workplace income comparisons on subjective wellbeing – Download Full Paper

Shakked Noy – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Weather-Related House Damage and Subjective Wellbeing – Download Full Paper

Nicholas Gunby – University of Canterbury

Estimating the distribution of wealth in New Zealand

Oscar Parkyn – The Treasury

10:30 – 12:00

 Session 1.4   Housing, Growth, and Investment 


Room: RH105

Chair: Trung Vu

Social Media and Expectations in Housing Market

Yiran Mao – Massey University

Uncompetitive urban land markets – Download Slides

Chris Parker – The Treasury

New Zealand firm investment following the Canterbury earthquake sequences 2010–2011 – Download Full Paper

Quy Ta – Victoria University of Wellington

State history and political instability: The disadvantage of early state development – Download Full Paper

Trung Vu – University of Otago

12:00 – 12:45


 POSTER SESSION   Room: RHMZ54 Foyer – View Poster List

 12:00 – 12:45 



 12:45 – 2:15 


12:45 – 2:15

 Session 2.1   Māori Economics


Room: RHLT2

Chair: Matthew Roskruge

Whai Rawa: A tikanga Māori grounded economy

Shaun Awatere – Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

The cost of health inequities between Maori and non-Maori adults

Braden Te Ao – The University of Auckland

Māori social capital and wellbeing

Matthew Roskruge – Massey University

Discussion session: Vision Matauranga in economics research

12:45 – 2:15

 Session 2.2   Household Economics


Room: RHLT3

Chair: Isabelle Sin

Portfolio Choice with Intra: Household Bargaining and Gender Differences in Preferences – Download Full Paper

Amelia Guhathakurta – University of Otago

Impacts on mothers’ labour market attachment following the 2018 Families Package: Evidence from New Zealand

Summer Staninski – Auckland University of Technology

The Drivers of Mothers' Parental Leave Decisions: Evidence from the GUiNZ longitudinal survey – Download Full Paper

Isabelle Sin – Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Do Couples Bunch More? Evidence from Partnered and Single Taxpayers – Download Full Paper

Norman Gemmell – Victoria University of Wellington

12:45 – 2:15

 Session 2.3   Gender, Family, and Retirement


Room: RHMZ03

Chair: Shannon Minehan

Behavioural effects of pension eligibility in New Zealand

Zoe Ye – Auckland University of Technology

The Face of Success – Download Full paper

Shannon Minehan – Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Global Value Chains and Female Employment: The Evidence from Vietnam – Download Full Paper

Linh Pham – Victoria University of Wellington

12:45 – 2:15

 Session 2.4   Finance


Room: RH105

Chair: Thi Dinh

The impact of direct financial market participation on retirement income sufficiency in Australia

Xiaobo (Sandra) Xu – Massey University

Ownership concentration, Financial reporting quality and Investment efficiency: Empirical evidence from a transitional economy

Thi Ha Thu Dinh – Lincoln University

To what extent network effect moderate the relationship between Twitter propagated news and investors’ perception – Download Full Paper

Noushad khan Feroz – University of Waikato

2:15 – 2:45

Afternoon Tea

 2:45 – 4:15 



2:45 – 4:15

 Session 3.1   Treasury – Microsimulation Modelling


Room: RHLT2

Chair: Meghan Stephens

Crossover of different child poverty measures

Meghan Stephens – The Treasury 

Sensitivity of child poverty projections to economic forecasts – Download Full Paper

Yvonne Wang – The Treasury

Using administrative data to better model receipt of transfers

Corey Davis – The Treasury

Assessing Household Economic Survey income reports against administrative records

Tod Wright – The Treasury

Using payday filing data to track counts of filled jobs in NZ 

Robert Templeton – The Treasury

 Session 3.2   Housing

2:45 – 4:15


Room: RHLT3

Chair: Graham Squires

Monitoring Enjoyment of the Rights to Housing and Health in Aotearoa New Zealand

Paddy Baylis – Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Monitoring Enjoyment of the Rights to Housing and Health in Aotearoa New Zealand

Livvy Mitchell – Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Public Housing in Place: Announcement Effects of New Builds in More and Less Expensive Neighborhoods – Download Full Paper

Syed Hasan – Massey University

Housing Price, Financial Development, Energy Intensity, FDI inflows: Global Evidence – Download Full Paper

Hai Hong Trinh – Massey University

2:45 – 4:15

 Session 3.3   Environment, and Food Security


Room: RHMZ03

Chair: Dennis  Wesselbaum

The COVID-19 pandemic and firm-financing: Does environmental performance really matter?

Vijay Kumar – University of Waikato

No pains, no gains? Mining pollution and morbidity in Mongolia – Download Full Paper

Odmaa Narantungalag – Massey University

Allocating the commons: Commercial lobbying in New Zealand’s largest public fishery – Download Full Paper

Cameron Birchall – KU Leuven

A Food Insecurity Kuznets Curve?

Dennis Wesselbaum – University of Otago


 Session 3.4   Education, and Environment

2:45 – 4:15

Room: RH105

Chair: Stephen Hickson

The contributions of exit, entry and quality transformation of researchers to growth and convergence of the research quality of universities and disciplines – Download Presentation Slides

Bob Buckle

The Relationship between the Research Achievements of Academics and Student Labour Market Outcomes – Download Full Paper

Swati Khurana – University of Canterbury

The impact of ocean warming on commercial fisheries in New Zealand

Hanny John Mediodia – Victoria University of Wellington

Closed or open book for invigilated tests. Does it make a difference?

Stephen Hickson – University of Canterbury

 4:15 – 5:45 



4:15 – 5:45

 Session 4.1   Commerce Commission: Market outcomes in the retail fuel and electricity markets


Room: RHLT2

Chair: John Small

Valuing the harm to consumers in electricity markets

Ben Harris & Imogen Turner– Commerce Commission

Empirical analysis on the retail fuel market study

John Small – Commerce Commission

Schumpeterian endogenous growth and dynamic capabilities: An under-researched nexus? – Download Full Paper

Tim Ng – Victoria University of Wellington

International Trade, Upstream Market Power, and Endogenous Mode of Downstream Competition – Download Full Paper

Onur Koska – University of Canterbury

4:15 – 5:45

 Session 4.2   MoT and Waka Kotahi: New evidence and methods for transport appraisal


Room: RHLT3

Chair: Mingyue Sheng

Incorporating dynamic clustering impacts in transport appraisal

Kevin Counsell – NERA Economic Consulting

An update on the New Zealand Domestic Transport Costs and Charges (DTCC) study

Geoff Parr – Ministry of Transport

Monetising the non-monetised in transport

Mehrnaz Rohani – Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Investigating the Importance of Public Charging Infrastructure and Early Adoption Effects on Electric Vehicle Uptake – Download Full Paper

Mingyue Sheng – The University of Auckland

4:15 – 5:45

 Session 4.3   Health


Room: RHMZ03

Chair: Tom Coupé

New Zealand District Health Board’s efficiency in the presence of stochastic volatility and spatial dependence 

Sean Kimpton – Auckland University of Technology

Longer Term Social Impacts of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Sandra Mccallum – Auckland University of Technology

Drivers of Nutrition Transition in Thailand: An Analysis Using Night-time Lights – Download Full Paper

Chutarat Noosuwan – Lincoln University

Google Doodles and COVID 19 – Download Full Paper

Tom Coupé – University of Canterbury

4:15 – 5:45

 Session 4.4   Gambling, Tax, and Wages


Room: RH105

Chair: Mark Holmes

The Effect of Monetary Policy on the New Zealand Dollar: A Bayesian SVAR Approach – Download Full Paper

Hien Nguyen – Victoria University of Wellington

Corporate tax avoidance: Evidence from Vietnamese firms – Download Full Paper

Oanh Kieu Ha – Lincoln University

Electronic Gambling Machines in NZ: A Local Government Policy Analysis – Download Full Paper

Alexandra Turcu – Auckland University of Technology

The wage curve within and across regions: New insights from US states

Mark Holmes – University of Waikato

 5:45 – 7:15 

Drinks & Canapés (Awards Presentations)