Dr Susan Olivia

Susan Olivia

Senior Lecturer in Economics
Undergraduate Convenor, Economics

Qualifications: PhD

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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 and the socio-economic impacts of floods on Jakarta. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Davis.

Papers Taught

Recent Publications

  • Gibson, J., Olivia, S., & Boe-Gibson, G. (2019). A test of DMPS and VIIRS night lights data for estimating GDP and spatial inequality for rural and urban areas (11/19). Waikato Management School.

  • Cameron, L., Olivia, S., & Shah, M. (2019). Scaling up sanitation: Evidence from an RCT in Indonesia. Journal of Development Economics, 138, 1-16. doi:10.1016/j.jdeveco.2018.12.001

  • Olivia, S., Boe-Gibson, G., Stitchbury, G., Brabyn, L., & Gibson, J. (2018). Urban land expansion in Indonesia 1992-2012: Evidence from satellite-detected luminosity. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 62(3), 438-456. doi:10.1111/1467-8489.12258

  • Cameron, L., Olivia, S., & Shah, M. (2015). Initial conditions matter: Social capital and participatory development: IZA Discussion Paper (9563). Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA).

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Economic Development; Economics; Poverty

Applied Econometrics, Development Economics, Urban Economics, Geographic Information System (GIS), Spatial Econometrics, Indonesia, China

Contact Details

Room: MSB.2.11
Phone: +64 7 838 4112