Dr Susan Olivia

Susan Olivia

Senior Lecturer in Economics
Undergraduate Convenor, Economics

Qualifications: PhD (University of California, Davis)

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About Susan

Susan is a development economist whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of development, public economics, economic geography, microeconometrics and spatial econometrics.  She has worked as a consultant to the World Bank and has previously taught at the University of Melbourne. Prior joining Waikato, Susan was the Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow in the Econometrics and Business Statistics Department at Monash University. Her recent and ongoing projects include an impact evaluation of community-led sanitation program in Indonesiamodelling economic activity in Indonesia from space, implications of quality, quantity and price for taxing unhealthy items, crowd-sourced price data collection, socio-economic impacts of floods on Jakarta and promoting good aquaculture practices among shrimp farmers in Vietnam.  She has a PhD from the University of California, Davis.

Papers Taught

Research Interests

Development Economics


Spatial Econometrics

Recent Publications

  • Suzuki, A., Olivia, S., Nam, V., & Lee, G. (2022). Physical spillovers or peer effects? Determinants of disease outbreak in shrimp farming in Vietnam. In 4th JADE Annual Conference on Economic Development. Online.

  • Cobian, J., Resosudarmo, B., Halimatussadiah, A., & Olivia, S. (2022). Demand for index-based flood insurance in Jakarta, Indonesia. In Australasian Development Economics Workshop. Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.

  • Gibson, J., Olivia, S., Boe-Gibson, G., & Li, C. (2021). Which night lights data should we use in economics, and where?. Journal of Development Economics, 149, 12 pages. doi:10.1016/j.jdeveco.2020.102602

  • Olivia, S. (2021). OECD Economic Surveys: Indonesia 2021. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 57(3), 376-377. doi:10.1080/00074918.2021.1992831

Find more research publications by Susan Olivia


Development Economics
Applied Microeconomics
Spatial Econometrics
Urban Economics
Geographic Information System (GIS)

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB.2.11
Phone: +64 7 838 4112