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Recent Deposits

  • How Close to Home Does Charity Begin? 

    Brown, Pike; Grimson, Duncan; Knowles, Stephen
    This paper uses a field experiment to analyse the extent to which people are more inclined to support a charity focused on people or causes in their own region, compared to regions in other parts of the country. New Zealand ...
  • A perspective on industrial relations in nursing in New Zealand. 

    Krause, Irene Suzanne
    This thesis investigates attitudes expressed by nurses on industrial relations issues which have arisen, or may possibly arise, within the nursing profession in New Zealand. It is impossible to over-emphasise the critical ...
  • Migration Fears, Policy Uncertainty and Economic Activity 

    Fraser, Tom; Ungor, Murat
    Motivated by the recent European migrant crisis, Brexit, and President Trump's immigration priorities, we provide new evidence into how migration fears and migration policy uncertainty affect macroeconomic outcomes across ...
  • What Has New Zealand Gained From The FTA With China?: Two Counterfactual Analyses 

    Verevis, Samuel; Ungor, Murat
    New Zealand (NZ) was the rst developed country to have signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with China. We investigate the e ects of the 2008 NZ-China FTA on (i) exports from NZ to China, and (ii) real GDP per capita in ...
  • In Search of Effective Altruists 

    Genç, Murat; Knowles, Stephen; Sullivan, Trudy
    The effective altruism movement argues that people wanting to do the most good they can should donate to charities fighting poverty in poor countries overseas, rather than to charities helping people in need in wealthy ...
  • Two-Stage Exchange: Extending a Model of Decentralised Bi-lateral Exchange for a Limited Model of Labour, Profit, and Endogenous Production 

    Ascroft, Joseph
    When a private transaction takes place without publically observable prices, how might that information leak into the public domain and coordinate demand and supply sides of the economy? The Walrasian model of general ...
  • A new tool for creating personal and social EQ-5D-5L value sets, including valuing ‘dead’ 

    Sullivan, Trudy; Hansen, Paul; Ombler, Franz; Derrett, Sarah; Devlin, Nancy
    A new online tool for creating personal and social EQ-5D-5L value sets was recently developed and trialled in New Zealand (NZ). Health state values for each participant are determined using the PAPRIKA method – in the ...
  • Taxing capital income in New Zealand: an international perspective 

    Coleman, Andrew
    In the 1980s and 1990s New Zealand undertook a large number of tax reforms designed to improve the performance of the economy. Top marginal income-tax rates were reduced, a value-added tax (GST) was introduced, a system ...
  • The knowledge-capital model: The case of intra-Asian foreign direct investment 

    Nguyen, Anh T.N.; Genc, Murat; Haug, Alfred; Owen, P. Dorian
    Employing a panel dataset of bilateral inward and outward foreign direct investment (FDI) for 31 Asian countries and territories over the period 2001-2012, we estimate the knowledge-capital (KK) model to find the dominant ...
  • Essays on Gender and the Macroeconomy 

    Badru, Ruth
    The discourse on gender equality is one that has become increasingly popular in economic research and policy considerations. A large strand of this discourse appeals to the ideals of human dignity, societal welfare, fairness ...
  • The Determinants of Injury Compensation Claims in a Universal Claims Environment 

    Poland, Michelle Anne
    Injury compensation claims data are frequently used to measure injury trends; however other factors can influence claiming behaviour, such as the financial incentives within the insurance setting. Previous studies have ...
  • The Economic Impact of Climate Change on Farm Decisions and Food Consumption in Ghana 

    Etwire, Prince Maxwell
    Climate change poses a serious threat to the growth of developing countries, especially Ghana where the majority of people derive their livelihoods directly from agriculture and related industries. This thesis sets out to ...
  • Some aspects of home-making 

    Holland, Norah Evelyn
    The home-maker, and similarly every other human being, has three scarce factors to consider – money, time and energy. Except in times of severe depression there are usually ways in which one may obtain more money – by ...
  • Determinants of Child Wellbeing and Human Capital in Ethiopia 

    Dinku, Yonatan Minuye
    Investment in early childhood health and education provide children with the resources necessary to develop the cognitive and social skills that enhance their productivity later in life, but unfortunately, most children ...
  • The Effects of The Cash Transfer Programme for Poor Students on Child’s Work Participation: Evidence from Java (Indonesia) 

    Hidayatina, Achsanah
    Cash transfer is considered as a relatively safe policy instrument to improve child welfare. Over the past ten years, Indonesia has made major progress in reducing the number of children involved in child work. It has done ...
  • The effects of genetic and cultural traits on economic prosperity 

    Yong, Enn Lun
    Three influences of human culture and genetics on economic prosperity are described. First, cultural diversity is examined in terms of contributions to innovation. Conceptually, some previous studies have attributed ...
  • Cities and Economic Development: The Chinese Experience 

    Shen, Tianhe
    This thesis investigates the proximate determinants of the observed differences in levels and growth rates of output per worker across the 69 major cities in China during 1994-2010, and asks the following two questions to ...
  • Vietnam: The Next Asian Tiger? 

    Barker, Tom; Ungor, Murat
    We investigate the growth experience of Vietnam, the country which has been getting recent attention as being the next emerging giant. First, we present an aggregate level investigation of Vietnam's economic growth ...
  • Number of bidders and the winner’s curse 

    Peeters, Ronald; Tenev, Anastas P.
    Within an affiliated value auction setting, we study the relationship between the number of bidders and the winner’s curse in terms of its occurrence and its expected harm. From a design perspective, we find that both ...
  • Simple guilt and cooperation 

    Peeters, Ronald; Vorsatz, Marc
    We introduce simple guilt into a generic prisoner’s dilemma (PD) game and solve for the equilibria of the resulting psychological game. It is shown that for all guilt parameters, it is a pure strategy equilibrium that both ...

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