Prestigious award given to Professor Jacques Poot

29 August 2013

New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (Inc)
Media release

Embargoed until 8pm, Thursday 29 August 2013

Prestigious award given to Professor Jacques Poot

Professor Jacques Poot, Professor of Population Economics at Waikato University, will be presented with the NZIER Economics Award for 2013 on the evening of Thursday 29 August at NZIER’s annual general meeting.

The winner of this prestigious award is selected by an independent panel. NZIER acts as secretariat and sponsor.

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 two large four-year collaborative research projects, 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, local labour markets, regional development, housing markets, and forecasting.

An outstanding feature of the work of this year’s recipient is that while his research has focused particularly on New Zealand, his work has attracted world-wide interest

His contributions to understanding population change and regional development have improved our understanding of the spatial dimensions of employment change, and of how demographic change and regional competitiveness are connected.

His research has improved our understanding of the relationships between international trade and migration, the labour market impacts of migration, the effects of migration on income growth and income convergence, the creation of relationship capital, and international travel. His research has also significantly advanced our understanding of the determinants of trans-Tasman migration and its influence on labour markets and economic development in Australasia.

You can read the full citation and Professor Poot's acceptance speech here.

For further information please contact:

Michael Walls    
NZIER Chairman   
Phone: (04) 479 4194   

Jessica Matthewson
NZIER Secretary to the Awarding Panel
Phone: (04) 470 1809 or 021 510 114

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