• Collaborative problem solving in student learning 

    Alexander, W Robert J; McDougall, R Stuart
    It had been apparent to teaching staff of our department for some time that the tutorial system in place for large introductory-level classes was not functioning optimally. Tutorials were re-designed around problem solving ...
  • A critique of “Maori socio-economic disparity” 

    Alexander, W Robert J; Williams, John R
    When economic research has potentially important implications for public policy it behoves researchers to take as much care as possible in their treatment of data and in their statistical analyses. No empirical econometric ...
  • Ethnic gaps and ethnic ratios 

    Alexander, W Robert J
    In the December 2000 issue of Political Science Gould argues that the method chosen by Te Puni Kokiri for measuring ethnic ‘gaps’ leads serious distortion. Gould claims that his alternative, a ratio of percentages, is ...
  • Explaining efficiency differences of New Zealand secondary schools 

    Alexander, W Robert J; Jaforullah, Mohammad
    The New Zealand Secondary School system is characterized by centrally provided government funding for almost all schools, yet responsibility for use of that funding has been devolved right down to the school level. The ...
  • Maori disadvantage in the labour market 

    Alexander, W Robert J; Murat, Genc; Jaforullah, Mohammad
    This paper is a preliminary report on research that is ongoing. Using unit record data from Statistics New Zealand's Income Survey for the June quarters of 1997 to 1999, we estimate wage regressions taking into account the ...
  • The occupational distribution of Maori 1997-2000 

    Sutherland, Hilary J; Alexander, W Robert J
    We focus on one aspect of labour market discrimination in New Zealand, namely occupational segregation. Using unit record data from Statistics New Zealand’s 1997 to 2000 Income Surveys and controlling for productivity ...
  • Quantifying compliance costs of small businesses in New Zealand 

    Alexander, W Robert J; Bell, John D; Knowles, Stephen
    This paper reports on a small-scale study of the compliance costs of small New Zealand businesses. Participating firms were asked to keep a record of both time spent and expenditure directly incurred over a thirteen-week ...
  • Scale and pure efficiencies of New Zealand secondary schools 

    Alexander, W Robert J; Jaforullah, Mohammad
    The scale efficiency of schools is a controversial matter. Government quite naturally wants to capture such scale efficiencies as are available, while parents and educators often favour smaller schools because of their ...
  • A two-stage double-bootstrap data envelopment analysis of efficiency differences of New Zealand secondary schools 

    Alexander, W Robert J; Jaforullah, Mohammad; Haug, Alfred A.
    We conduct a two-stage (DEA and regression) analysis of the efficiency of New Zealand secondary schools. Unlike previous applications of two-stage semi-parametric modelling of the school “production process”, we use Simar ...