Robert MacCulloch

University of Auckland, New Zealand

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson


Welfare state, Unemployment benefits, Health, Well-being, Happiness


New Zealand


English - Native speaker

Media experience

Print, Radio



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Current position

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

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).