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Jacques Poot is Emeritus Professor of Population Economics at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand and Visiting Professor in the Department of Spatial Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He held previous academic positions at the University of Tsukuba in Japan and at Victoria University of Wellington, where he obtained his PhD. He is an elected Correspondent (Honorary Fellow) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, an elected Member of the Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). He is also an Affiliate of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington and an Associate of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London. Jacques Poot is a member of the editorial board of a number of international journals, including Associate Editor of IZA Journal of Migration, and was 1997-2006 Pacific Editor of Papers in Regional Science. His 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, or has had, a leading role in several large multi-institution research programmes, including: on capturing the diversity dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand; on the economic integration of immigrants in New Zealand; on regional demographic change in New Zealand, and on migrant diversity and regional disparity in Europe.


Candidate in Econometrics (US/UK equivalent: BSc), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1974

Doctorandus in Econometrics (US/UK equivalent: MSc), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1978
Thesis title: Disaggregation of the Production Factor Labour in the Production Function

Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington, 1984
Thesis title: Models of New Zealand Internal Migration and Residential Mobility


Jacques Poot's research focuses on: Economics of population (migration, fertility, labour force, ageing, population distribution); Meta-analysis; Monopsony in local labour markets; The "New Economic Geography" and implications for New Zealand; Regional development; Globalisation; Empirical evidence for endogenous growth; Transportation and environmental policy; Housing markets; Forecasting.


Courses taught: 100 level: Mathematics and Statistics for Business and Economics; Introductory Economics; 200 level: Intermediate Microeconomics; Intermediate Macroeconomics; Building Economics; Applied Economic Statistics; Business and Economic Forecasting; Introduction to Population Studies; 300 level: Applied Demography; Labour Economics; Regional and Urban Economics; Environmental Economics; 400/500 level: Advanced Econometrics; Advanced Labour Economics.

Prizes and Awards

  • International Prize of Environmental Creation 2012 [this Prize is offered by the International Institute of Environmental Creation, Hokkaido, Japan]

  • NZIER Economics Award, 2013 [this is New Zealand’s leading prize in economics awarded to an economist for sustained research excellence in work that makes a significant contribution to informing public policy in New Zealand]

  • Statistics New Zealand Prize 2010 (jointly with Steven Stillman, University of Otago)
    [This Prize is offered for the best paper using official statistics presented at the New Zealand Association of Economists annual conference]

  • Winner of the 1985 Ph.D. level Dissertation Medal of the Regional Science Association (Australia and New Zealand Section)

  • Awarded Australian National University Ph.D. Scholarship in 1979 (not taken up)

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Research Output 1979 2018

Local Institutional Quality and Return Migration: Evidence from Viet Nam

Tran, N. T. M., Cameron, M. P. & Poot, J., 14 Apr 2018, In : International Migration. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

international migration

Spatial impacts of the creation of Brasilia: A natural experiment

Grimes, A., Matlaba, V. J. & Poot, J., Apr 2017, In : Environment and Planning A. 49, 4, p. 784-800

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

The elusive effects of workplace diversity on innovation

Ozgen, C., Nijkamp, P. & Poot, J., Mar 2017, In : Papers in Regional Science. 96, S1, p. S29-S49 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

cultural diversity

How diverse can measures of segregation be? Results from Monte Carlo simulations of an agent-based model

Arribas-Bel, D., Nijkamp, P. & Poot, J., Oct 2016, In : Environment and Planning A. 48, 10, p. 2046-2066

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Residential assimilation of immigrants: A cohort approach

Mare, D. C., Pinkerton, R. M. & Poot, J., Nov 2016, In : MIGRATION STUDIES. 4, 3, p. 373-401

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2002 2002

  • 2 Lecture / Presentation

Spatial Contiguity and the Wage Curve Revisited

S. Longhi (Speaker), P. Nijkamp (Speaker), H.J. Poot (Speaker)
14 Nov 2002

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Spatial Contiguity and the Wage Curve Revisited

S. Longhi (Speaker), P. Nijkamp (Speaker), H.J. Poot (Speaker)
28 Aug 2002

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional