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Inaugural Lecture - Steven Poelhekke

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Decima Glenn, Level 3 Room 310

12 Grafton Road

Sir Owen G Glenn Building

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Do natural resources, such as oil, iron, and gold, always bring prosperity?

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In his research, Steven Poelhekke focuses on the question of how natural resources such as oil, iron and gold influence current welfare disparities between and within countries and whether they help or hinder development of small open economies. In doing so, Poelhekke is building on recent scientific work in which he demonstrates, using applied econometrics, that natural resources influence infrastructure and trade patterns, and adversely affect the performance of firms that trade manufactured goods. A key policy question is whether and how government policy may shape comparative advantage and reduce a country’s dependence on natural resources.

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Date: Tuesday 5 November

Time: 4–5.30pm

Venue: Decima Glenn Room, Level 3, Sir Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

Steven, a Dutch national, moved to New Zealand with his family in December last year, when he joined the Business School as Professor in Economics and took up the role of PhD Director for the department. Starting in February next year, he will take up the role of Head of the Department of Economics.

After obtaining his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2008, Steven’s career began at the Research Department of De Nederlandsche Bank (the Dutch reserve bank) in the midst of the global financial crisis. After spending one year as a Visiting Fellow at the Economics Department in Oxford in 2010–11, he returned to the bank, and finally made the switch back to academia in 2012 when he joined the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, first as assistant and later as associate professor.

Steven’s research interests cover international trade and investment, and their intersections with development and environmental economics. He has studied, among other topics: the local impact of mining on infrastructure and the tradeable sector, the persistence of foreign direct investment benefits for firms in developing countries, and the effects of resource wealth and multinational banking on foreign direct investment.

He has published among others in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of International Economics and Journal of Development Economics. Columns and policy pieces have appeared on VoxEU.org and the LSE Business Review. He is affiliated with the Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam/Rotterdam, CESifo in Munich and the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economies.

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