Sholeh A. Maani

University of Auckland, New Zealand, and IZA, Germany

I am very pleased to be a part of this project. IZA World of Labor articles combine the latest evidence-based research with policy advice. The series is valued by researchers and policymakers

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Management, University of Auckland

Research interest

Labor economics, migration, human capital, ethnicity, gender, and earnings

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

OECD Paris: Consultant and country-specific research advisor: Thematic Country Report for New Zealand on Skills, and Youth Labour Market Analysis, 2006–2008; Research advisor and consultant to the New Zealand government on labor market and higher education policies at various times

Past positions

Associate Professor, Economics Department, University of Auckland (1998-2013); Visiting Professor, School of Economics, University of Queensland (2010); Visiting Scholar, Economics Department, Harvard University, and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) (1991-1992)


PhD Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Selected publications

  • "Ethnic capital and self-employment: A spatially autoregressive network approach." IZA Journal of Migration 3:18 (2014): 1–24 (with X. Wang).

  • "Academic performance, childhood economic resources, and the choice to leave school at age 16." Economics of Education Review 26:2 (2007): 361–374 (with G. Kalb).

  • "Why have Maori relative income levels deteriorated over time?" Economic Record 80:248 (2004): 100–123.

  • "Are young first and second generation immigrants at a disadvantage in the Australian labour market?" International Migration Review 28:4 (1994): 865–882.

  • "Uncertainty, information, and hedonic pricing." Land Economics 68:2 (1992): 170–184 (with S. Kask).