Emeritus Professor Jacques Poot

Jacques Poot

Emeritus Professor of Population Economics

Qualifications: Drs VU Amst PhD Well MAE

About Jacques

Jacques Poot is Emeritus Professor of Population Economics, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato, New Zealand and Visiting Professor in the Department of Spatial Economics at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. His university education was at VU (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 Correspondent the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, an elected Member of the Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International. He is 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. Jacques Poot was the 2013 recipient of New Zealand’s leading prize in economics, the NZIER Economics Award.

Jacques 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.

Research Supervised

Second Supervisor

Mohana Mondal (WMS):  The future spatial distribution of ethnicity in Auckland

Research Interests

Emeritus 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 has had leadership roles in several large multi-institution research programmes, including on Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand (CaDDANZ); on the Economic Integration of Immigrants in New Zealand; on National and Regional Demographic Changes in New Zealand, and on Migrant Diversity and Regional Disparity in Europe.

Jacques 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.

Recent Publications

  • Cameron, M., & Poot, J. (2019). Sub-national stochastic ethnic population projections using cohort change ratios - An application to New Zealand. In 10th International Conference on Population Geographies (ICPG). Loughborough, UK.

  • Cochrane, W., & Poot, J. (2019). Did the post-1986 decline in the homeownership rate benefit the New Zealand labour market? A spatial-econometric exploration (IZA DP No. 12402). Bonn, Germany: IZA Institute of Labor Economics. doi:10.1007/s41685-020-00148-6

  • Cochrane, W., & Poot, J. (2019). The effects of immigration on local housing markets (7/19). Hamilton, New Zealand: Waikato Management School. Retrieved from

  • Cameron, M. P., & Poot, J. (2019). Erratum to: The estimation and interpretation of coefficients in panel gravity models of migration (Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, (2018), 10.1007/s12076-018-00220-y). Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, 1-7. doi:10.1007/s12076-018-00222-w

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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.

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +64 7 838 4040
Fax: +64 7 838 4621