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Steve Stillman

PhD University of WashingtonSteve Stillman

Steven Stillman received his PhD in Economics from the University of Washington in 2000. He joined the University of Otago as a professor in July 2011. Prior to this, he was a senior fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research from 2004 to 2011, a senior research economist at the New Zealand Department of Labour from 2002 to 2004 and a postdoctoral fellow at the RAND Corporation from 2000 to 2002. He is an affiliated researcher at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. Steve's research focuses on empirical labour economics, specialising in the behaviour of individuals and households. He is broadly interested in research on migration, health, nutrition, education, household decision-making and inequality.

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Tel 64 3 479 8654


Current Teaching

Curriculum Vitae

Steve's CV


Selected Publications

Stillman, Steven, John Gibson, David McKenzie, Halahingano Rohorua. “Miserable Migrants? Natural Experiment Evidence on International Migration and Objective and Subjective Well-Being.” World Development, forthcoming.

Bergstrom, Katy, Arthur Grimes and Steven Stillman. “Does Selling State Silver Generate Private Gold? Determinants and Impacts of State House Sales and Acquisitions in New Zealand.” Urban Studies, forthcoming.

Boes, Stefan, Stephan Nüesch, and Steven Stillman. 2013 “Aircraft Noise, Health, and Residential Sorting: Evidence from Two Quasi-Experiments.” Health Economics 22 (September). no. 9: 1037–51.

Gibson, John, Bonggeun Kim, Steven Stillman and Geua Boe-Gibson. 2013 “Time to Vote?” Public Choice 156 (September). no 3: 517-36.

Gibson, John, Steven Stillman, David McKenzie and Halahingano Rohorua. 2013 “Natural Experiment Evidence on the Effect of Migration on Blood Pressure and Hypertension.” Health Economics 22 (June). no. 6: 655–672.

McKenzie, David, John Gibson and Steven Stillman. 2013 “A Land of Milk and Honey with Streets Paved with Gold: Do Emigrants Have Over-Optimistic Expectations about Incomes Abroad?” Journal of Development Economics 102 (May): 116-27.

Gibson, John, David McKenzie and Steven Stillman. 2013 “Accounting for Selectivity and Duration-Dependent Heterogeneity When Estimating the Impact of Emigration on Incomes and Poverty in Sending Areas.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 61 (January). no 2: 247-80.

Stillman, Steven, John Gibson and David McKenzie. 2012 “The Impact of Immigration on Child Health: Experimental Evidence From a Migration Lottery Program.” Economic Inquiry 50 (January). no. 1: 62-81.

Gibson, John, David McKenzie and Steven Stillman. 2011 “The Impacts of International Migration on Remaining Household Members: Omnibus Results from a Migration Lottery Program.” Review of Economics and Statistics 93 (November). no. 4: 1297-1318.

Crichton, Sarah, Steven Stillman and Dean Hyslop. 2011. “Returning to Work from Injury: Longitudinal Evidence on Employment and Earnings.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 64 (July). no. 5: 763-83.

Maré, David C. and Steven Stillman. 2010. “The Impact of Immigration on the Geographic Mobility of New Zealanders.” Economic Record 86 (June). no 273: 247–59.

McKenzie, David, John Gibson and Steven Stillman. 2010. “How Important is Selection? Experimental Vs Non-experimental Measures of the Income Gains from Migration.” Journal of the European Economic Association 8 (June). no. 4: 913-45.

Stillman, Steven, David McKenzie and John Gibson. 2009. “Migration and Mental Health: Evidence from a Natural Experiment.” Journal of Health Economics 28 (May). no. 3: 677–87.

Gibson, John and Steven Stillman. 2009. “Why Do Big Firms Pay Higher Wages? Evidence from an International Database.” Note, Review of Economics and Statistics 91 (February). no. 1: 213-18.

Stillman, Steven and Duncan Thomas. 2008. “Nutritional Status during an Economic Crisis: Evidence from Russia.” Economic Journal 118 (August). no 531: 1385–1417.

Gibson, John, Steven Stillman and Trinh Le. 2008. “CPI Bias and Real Living Standards in Russia During the Transition.” Journal of Development Economics 87 (August): 140-60.

Hyslop, Dean and Steven Stillman. 2007. “Youth Minimum Wage Reform and the Labour Market.” Labour Economics 14 (April). no. 2: 201-30.

Kuhn, Randall and Steven Stillman. 2004. “Understanding Interhousehold Transfers in a Transition Economy: Evidence from Russia.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 53 (October). no 1: 131-56.

Lundberg, Shelly, Richard Startz and Steven Stillman. 2003. “The Retirement-Consumption Puzzle: A Marital Bargaining Approach.” Journal of Public Economics 87 (May). no. 5-6: 1199-218.