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Professor Steve Stillman

Steve Stillman imagePhD University of Washington


Steven Stillman received a PhD in Economics from the University of Washington in 2000. He joined the University of Otago as a professor in the department of economics in July 2011. Prior to this, he was a senior fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research from 2004 to 2011, a senior research economist at the New Zealand Department of Labour from 2002 to 2004 and a postdoctoral fellow at the RAND Corporation from 2000 to 2002.

He is an affiliated researcher at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and the William Davidson Institute. Steve's research focuses on empirical labour economics, specialising in the behaviour of individuals and households.

In recent research, he has examined the driver of immigration between Australia and New Zealand, the impact of migration to New Zealand on the income and health of Pacific Islanders both in New Zealand and in the Pacific, retirement behaviour among older Australians, and the effect of economic shocks in Russia on nutrition and overall living standards. Steve is broadly interested in research on migration, health, nutrition, education, household decision-making and inequality.

Steve's CV

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Selected publications

Take a look at Steve’s publications below:

Gibson, John, David McKenzie and Steven Stillman. "The Impacts of International Migration on Remaining Household Members: Omnibus Results from a Migration Lottery Program." Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming.

Gibson, John, David McKenzie and Steven Stillman. "Accounting for Selectivity and Duration-Dependent Heterogeneity When Estimating the Impact of Emigration on Incomes and Poverty in Sending Areas." Economic Development and Cultural Change, forthcoming.

Stillman, Steven, John Gibson and David McKenzie. "The Impact of Immigration on Child Health: Experimental Evidence From a Migration Lottery Program." Economic Inquiry, forthcoming.

Crichton, Sarah, Steven Stillman and Dean Hyslop. 2011. "Returning to Work from Injury: Longitudinal Evidence on Employment and Earnings." Industrial and Labor Relations Review 64 (July). no. 5: 763-83.

Baum, Christopher F., Mark E. Schaffer and Steven Stillman 2011. "Using Stata for Applied Research: Reviewing its Capabilities." Journal of Economic Surveys 25 (April). no. 2: 380-94.

Gibson, John, David McKenzie and Steven Stillman. 2011. "What Happens to Diet and Child Health when Migration Splits Households? Evidence from a Migration Lottery Program." Food Policy, Special Issue: Migration and Food Security 36 (February). no 1: 7–15.

Stillman, Steven, Malathi Velamuri and Andrew Aitken. 2010. "The Long-Run Impact of New Zealand's Structural Reform on Local Communities." Journal of Comparative Economics 38 (December). no 4: 432–448.

Cumming, Jackie, Steven Stillman, Yun Liang, Michelle Poland and Grant Hannis. 2010. "The Determinants of GP Visits in New Zealand." Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 34 (October). no. 5: 451–7.

Gibson, John, David McKenzie, Halahingano Rohorua and Steven Stillman. 2010. "Information Flows and Migration: Recent Survey Evidence from the South Pacific." Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Special Issue: Labour Circulation and Acceptance: New Zealand and Its Neighbours 19 (July). no 3: 401-20.

Maré, David C. and Steven Stillman. 2010. "The Impact of Immigration on the Geographic Mobility of New Zealanders." Economic Record 86 (June). no 273: 247–59.

McKenzie, David, John Gibson and Steven Stillman. 2010. "How Important is Selection? Experimental Vs Non-experimental Measures of the Income Gains from Migration." Journal of the European Economic Association 8 (June). no. 4: 913-45.

Cobb-Clark, Deborah and Steven Stillman. 2009. "The Retirement Expectations of Middle-Aged Individuals." Economic Record 85 (June). no. 269: 146–63.

Stillman, Steven, David McKenzie and John Gibson. 2009. "Migration and Mental Health: Evidence from a Natural Experiment." Journal of Health Economics 28 (May). no. 3: 677–87.

Stillman, Steven. 2009. "Youth Employment and Education in New Zealand from 1985 to 2004." New Zealand Economic Papers 43 (April). no. 1: 41-58.

Gibson, John and Steven Stillman. 2009. "Why Do Big Firms Pay Higher Wages? Evidence from an International Database." Note, Review of Economics and Statistics 91 (February). no. 1: 213-18.

Stillman, Steven and Duncan Thomas. 2008. "Nutritional Status during an Economic Crisis: Evidence from Russia." Economic Journal 118 (August). no 531: 1385–1417.

Gibson, John, Steven Stillman and Trinh Le. 2008. "CPI Bias and Real Living Standards in Russia During the Transition." Journal of Development Economics 87 (August). no 1: 140-60.

Le, Trinh, John Gibson and Steven Stillman. 2007. "What Explains the Wealth Gap Between Immigrants and the New Zealand Born?" New Zealand Economic Papers, Special Conference Issue 41 (December). no 2: 131-62.

Maré, David C., Melanie Morten and Steven Stillman. 2007. "Settlement Patterns and the Geographic Mobility of Recent Migrants to New Zealand." New Zealand Economic Papers, Special Conference Issue 41 (December). no 2: 163-96.

McKenzie, David, John Gibson and Steven Stillman. 2007. "Moving to Opportunity, Leaving Behind What? Evaluating the Initial Effects of a Migration Policy on Incomes and Poverty in Source Areas" New Zealand Economic Papers, Special Conference Issue 41 (December). no 2: 197-224.

Baum, Christopher F., Mark E. Schaffer and Steven Stillman. 2007. "Enhanced Routines for Instrumental Variables/Generalized Method of Moments Estimation and Testing." Stata Journal 7 (December). no. 4: 465–506.

Johnson, Robin, Weshah A Razzak and Steven Stillman. 2007. "Has New Zealand Benefited from Its Investments in Research and Development?" Applied Economics 39 (November). no. 19: 2425-40.

Poland, Michelle, Janis Paterson, Sarnia Carter, Wanzhen Gao, Lana Perese and Steven Stillman. 2007. "Pacific Islands Families Study: Factors Associated with Living in Extended Families One Year on from the Birth of a Child." Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online 2 (June). no. 1: 17–28.

Lewis, Geoff and Steven Stillman. 2007. "Regional Economic Performance in New Zealand: How Does Auckland Compare?" New Zealand Economic Papers 41 (May). no. 1: 29-68.

Hyslop, Dean and Steven Stillman. 2007. "Youth Minimum Wage Reform and the Labour Market." Labour Economics 14 (April). no. 2: 201-30.

Stillman, Steven. 2006. "Employment Decisions during the First Decade of Transition in Russia." Applied Economics Quarterly 52. no 2: 1-37.

Stillman, Steven. 2006. "Health and Nutrition in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union during the Decade of Transition: A Review of the Literature." Economics and Human Biology 4 (March). no. 1: 104-146.

Teaching responsibilities

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