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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.

Professor Poot is Principal Investigator of a 2014-2020 project on “Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand” (CaDDANZ). As such, he leads a team of researchers from Waikato University, Massey University and Motu Economic and Public Policy Research on this MBIE-funded project. Previously, he co-led large scale projects in New Zealand and in Europe on immigrant integration, migration and regional disparities, and on regional population change and socio-economic consequences. 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. He was NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor in the UK from September until December 2015 and is 2017-2018 President of the Regional Science Association International. 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 and at the Regional Science Association International. 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

  • Arribas-Bel, D., Nijkamp, P., & Poot, J. (2016). How diverse can measures of segregation be? Results from Monte Carlo simulations of an agent-based model. Environment and Planning A, 1-21. doi:10.1177/0308518X16653402

  • Poot, J., & Soltani, B. (2016). Superdiversity in New Zealand schools: policies, governance and experiences. In Frontiers and Borders of Superdiversity Conference. Conference held at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

  • Poot, J. (2016). The economics of cultural diversity; recent findings. In New Zealand Treasury, Reserve Bank Museum, Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Alimi, O., Mare, D., & Poot, J. (2016). Revisiting income inequality within and between New Zealand regions: analysis of 1981-2013 census data. In Pacific Regional Science Conference Organization (PRSCO) Summer Institute. Conference held at Bangkok, Thailand.

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Research Supervised

Chief Supervisor

Omoniyi Alimi:  Income Inequality In and Between New Zealand Urban Areas.

Second Supervisor

Helio Mau-Quei: The Informal Sector’s Contribution to the Economic Wellbeing of People in Timor-Leste

Mohana Mondal:  topic tba

Ngoc Tran:  The Two-way Relationship between International Migration and Institutional Quality in the Migration and Development Nexus – the Case of Vietnam

Daniel Osarfo: Economic Evaluation of Health Programmes to Reduce Obesity in Ghana

Contact Details

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