Jacques Poot

University of Waikato, New Zealand, and IZA, Germany

I am pleased to have been able to contribute an article on “Cross-border migration and travel” to IZA World of Labor because the growing complexity of cross-border flows of people necessitates new approaches to measuring international migration and to designing effective policy responses

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Population Economics, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Research interest

Economics of population

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Advisor to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in New Zealand (MBIE)

Past positions

Associate Professor, School of Economics and Finance, Victoria University of Wellington, 1997–2003; Foreign Professor, Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 1994–1997; Junior Lecturer (1979–1981), Lecturer (1982–1986), Senior Lecturer (1987–1992) and Reader (1993–1994), Department of Economics, Victoria University of Wellington, 1979–1994


PhD Labor Economics, Victoria University of Wellington, 1984

Selected publications

  • “Which agglomeration externalities matter most and why?” Journal of Economic Surveys (2014) (with H. L. F. de Groot and M. J. Smit).

  • “Does cultural diversity of migrant employees affect innovation?” International Migration Review 48:S1 (2014): S377–S416 (with C. Ozgen, C. Peters, A. Niebuhr, and P. Nijkamp).

  • “Migration, relationship capital and international travel: Theory and evidence.” Journal of Economic Geography 10:3 (2010): 361–387 (with P. McCann and L. Sanderson).

  • “International trade agreements and international migration.” The World Economy 33:12 (2010): 1923–1954 (with A. Strutt).

  • “A meta-analytic assessment of the effect of immigration on wages.” Journal of Economic Surveys 19:3 (2005): 451–477 (with S. Longhi and P. Nijkamp).