Robert MacCulloch

University of Auckland, New Zealand

The IZA World of Labor series helps IZA to become even more influential by bolstering its credentials as a policy relevant think tank, in addition to being a research institute

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson

Current position

Matthew S. Abel Chair in Macroeconomics, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Research interest

Labor economics, public finance, public economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Academic Advisor to the New Zealand Government

Past positions

Research Fellow, The Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, USA; Professor of Economics, The Business School, Imperial College London, UK


PhD Economics, University of Oxford, 1997

Selected publications

  • “The macroeconomics of happiness.” Review of Economics and Statistics 85:4 (2003): 809–827 (with R. Di Tella and A. Oswald).

  • “Why doesn’t capitalism flow to poor countries?” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity 40:1 (2009): 285–332 (with R. Di Tella).

  • “The roles of freedom, growth, and religion in the taste for revolution.” Journal of Law and Economics 53:2 (2010): 329–358 (with S. Pezzini).

  • “Preferences over inflation and unemployment: Evidence from surveys of happiness.” American Economic Review 91:1 (2001): 335–341 (with R. Di Tella and A. Oswald).

  • “Partisan social happiness.” Review of Economic Studies 72:2 (2005): 367–393 (with R. Di Tella).