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Arlene Ozanne imageBScEcon (UP) PGDipAg.Econ MEc (UNE) PhD (Otago)

Tel: 64 3 479 9079
Room 625, 6th Floor, Otago Business School

Arlene's research interests are mainly in the areas of economic education, labour economics, East Asian economic development and empirical modelling of total factor productivity using cross-sectional, time-series and multi-country panel data. She has been involved in teaching labour economics, introductory micro and macroeconomics and on the world economy.

Selected publications

Take a look at Arlene's selected publications below:

Avtar Singh and Arlene Garces-Ozanne (2020) “Why is India's Female Labour Force Participation Falling? The Role of Agricultural Mechanisation and Security Risks”, Demography India, 49(2) (July-December 2020), 173-190.

Achsana Hidayatina and Arlene Garces-Ozanne (2019) “Can Cash Transfers Mitigate Child Labour? Evidence from Indonesia's Cash Transfer Programme for Poor Students in Java”, World Development Perspectives, 15 (September 2019), 100129, available at:

Ma. Reinaruth Carlos and Arlene Garces-Ozanne, A. (2019) “Overseas-Born Careworker Policies in New Zealand and Japan: Implications on Job Satisfaction and Future Plans” in Journal of the Socio-Cultural Research Institute, 21(6), 119-139.

Jeremy Clark, Arlene Garces-Ozanne and Stephen Knowles (2017) “Emphasising the Problem or the Solution in Charitable Fundraising for International Development”, Journal of Development Studies, first published on 19 April 2017 as

Arlene Garces-Ozanne, Edna Kalu and Richard Audas (2016) “The Effect of Empowerment and Self-Determination on Health Outcomes”, Health Education and Behavior, first published on September 14, 2016 as doi:10.1177/1090198116667665.

Maria Ikeda and Arlene Garces-Ozanne (2016) “Human Security, Social Competence and Natural Disasters in Japan and New Zealand: A Case study of Filipino migrants”, Japan Social Innovation Journal, 6 (1), 42-60.

Ameline Yow, Arlene Garces-Ozanne and Richard Audas (2015) “The Carousel and the Conveyor belt: The Migration of Doctors in New Zealand”, Labour & Industry, 25(3), 219-234.

Arlene Garces-Ozanne and Trudy Sullivan (2014) “Expectations versus reality: What you want is not always what you get”. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 54(2), July, 78-100.

Willie Lahari, Alfred Haug and Arlene Garces-Ozanne (2011). Estimating quarterly GDP data for the South Pacific Island Nations. Singapore Economic Review, 56(1), 97-112. Also Department of Economics Discussion Paper No. 0805, 18pp.

Arlene Garces-Ozanne, Ameline Yow and Rick Audas (2011) “Rural Practice and Retention in New Zealand: an examination of domestically and foreign trained doctors”, New Zealand Medical Journal, Vol. 124, No.1330, pp. 14-23

Arlene Garces-Ozanne (2011) “The Millennium Development Goals: Does Aid Help?”, The Journal of Developing Areas, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp.27-40.

Maria Varua, Arlene Garces-Ozanne and Rachael Benic (2010), “Evaluating Economic Integration in the ASEAN: Perspectives from a cluster analysis”, Asia Pacific Development Journal, Vol. 17, No.2 (December), pp.43-63.

Arlene Garces-Ozanne and Phyll Esplin (2010) “To work or not to work … that is the question: A classroom experiment on how the labour market operates”, International Review of Economics Education, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp.84-98.

Juan Carlos Laverde, Maria Varua and Arlene Garces-Ozanne (2009) “Crime, Political Uncertainty and Stock Market Returns: Evidence from Colombia”, World Economics, Vol. 10, No. 2 (April-June 2009), pp.109-116.

Christian Esguerra, Maria Varua and Arlene Garces-Ozanne (2009) “Inflation Convergence: Evidence from South Asia”, Middle East Business and Economic Review (MEBER), Vol. 21, No. 2 (June 2009), pp.30-49.

Arlene Garces-Ozanne (2009) “A Bounds Test Approach to the Study of Level Relationship in a Panel of High-Performing Asian Economies (HPAEs)”, Asian-African Journal of Economics and Econometrics, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Jan–June 2009), pp.177-192.

Phyll Esplin and Arlene Garces-Ozanne (2008) “From Theory to Practice”, International Journal of Learning, Vol. 15. No.11, pp.143-148.

Stephen Knowles and Arlene Garces-Ozanne (2003) “Government Intervention and Economic Performance in East Asia”, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 51 (2), pp.451-478.

Francis In and Arlene L. Garces (1995) “The Dynamics of Employment, Wages and Output: A Comparative Study of Korea and Japan”, Pacific Economic Papers, 10 (3), pp.1-27.

Teaching responsibilities

Arlene's teaching responsibilities include:

Preferred areas of research supervision

Arlene is especially interested in supervising research students in the following areas

  • Development Economics, especially on measuring well-being and happiness
  • Economics of natural disasters
  • Labour economics, especially on worker migration
  • Asian economies


Ozanne, A. (2023, March). Migration and elder care. Migration: Past and Present. University of the Third Age, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

Uekusa, S., Garces-Ozanne, A., & Makabenta Ikeda, M. (2022). Who is the city for? Asian migrant worker experiences in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference: Now what? Reimagining hope, 'truth' and equality. Retrieved from

Trinh, K. A., Berg, N., Garces-Ozanne, A., & Knowles, S. (2022). Why did they not borrow? Debt-averse farmers in rural Vietnam. Developing Economies, 60(4), 228-260. doi: 10.1111/deve.12336

Garces-Ozanne, A., & Carlos, M. R. (2022). An exploratory study of workers in the residential aged care sector of New Zealand: What drives them to stay or leave? International Journal of Social Economics, 49(6), 867-881. doi: 10.1108/IJSE-09-2021-0544

Garces-Ozanne, A., Makabenta-Ikeda, M., & Uekusa, S. (2021). Asian migrant worker experiences in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference: Sociology in the 21st Century: Wellbeing, Engagement and Sustainability. (pp. 50). Lincoln, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, Sport and Society, Lincoln University. Retrieved from

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