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Professor Jacques Poot

Professor of Population Economics

Qualifications: Drs VU Amst PhD Well MAE

Research Interests

Professor Poot's research interests include all aspects of the economics of population (such as migration, fertility, labour force, and ageing) and especially the geographical dimension of these topics.

He currently co-leads a large research project on regional population change and socio-economic consequences. The project is called Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi and is carried out by researchers at NIDEA, Massey and Motu. Previously, Professor Poot led several other collaborative research projects, including on the economic integration of immigrants in New Zealand, and on migrant diversity and regional disparity in Europe. Professor Poot has been working in recent years particularly on international and internal migration, the economics of cultural diversity, local labour markets, regional development, housing markets, and forecasting. Furthermore, his work on social and economic impact assessment has led him to apply and further develop methodologies for meta-analysis: the systematic and quantitative synthesis of previous empirical research findings.

About Me

Jacques Poot is Professor of Population Economics, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato, New Zealand. His university education was at VU University Amsterdam (Doctorandus, econometrics, 1978) and at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (PhD, labour economics, 1984). He was previously Foreign Professor at the University of Tsukuba in Japan (1994-97 and 2002) and employed in various academic positions at Victoria University of Wellington between 1979 and 2003.

He is an elected "Corresponding" Member (Honorary Fellow) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected Member of the Academia Europaea. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Spatial Economics at VU University Amsterdam, an Affiliate of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington, an Associate of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London; and a Research Fellow, at IZA – Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn. Professor Poot was the recipient of the 2013 NZIER Economics Award.

Professor Poot is a member of the editorial board of a number of international journals and was 1997-2006 Pacific Editor of Papers in Regional Science.


Economics of population; causes and consequences of international migration; population ageing; meta-analysis of non-experimental social science research; monopsony in local labour markets; the impact of geography on economic growth; regional development; globalisation; innovation and efficiency in the New Zealand construction sector; transportation policy and the environment; housing markets and forecasting.

Recent Publications

  • Alimi, O., Poot, J., & Mare, D. C. (2016). Revisiting income inequality within and between New Zealand’s regions: Analysis of 1981-2013 Census Data. In N. Tontisitin, & S. Anantsuksomsri (Eds.), Proceedings of the 14th Pacific Regional Science Conference Organisation Summer Institute (pp. 64-86). Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand: Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University.

  • Poot, J. (2016). Brexit, diversity and regional science. In 45th Annual Conference, Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section. Conference held at the Atlantic Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom.

  • Poot, J., Alimi, O., & Mare, D. C. (2016). Agglomeration and spatial cost-of-living differences: Implications for the inter- and intra-urban distributions of real personal income. In Advanced Brainstorm Carrefour (ABC) Urban Empires: Cities as Global Rulers in the New Urban World. Conference held at Adam Mickiwicz University, Poznan, Poland.

  • Poot, J., Alimi, O., Cameron, M., & Mare, D. C. (2016). The gravity model in spatial demography: The successful comeback of an ageing superstar. In ERSA 56th Congress. Cities & Regions: Smart, Sustainable, Inclusive?. Conference held at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria.

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Research Supervised

Chief Supervisor
- Steven Bond-Smith
Is understanding innovation the key to economic growth? Theoretical models and analytical simulations.
- Matthew Roskruge
Understanding the role of social capital in the growth of New Zealand's economy

Second Supervisor
Michael Krausse
Economic Resilience: Evidence from Australasia.

Contact Details

Room: K3.25
Phone: +64 7 838 4685
Fax: +64 7 838 4621