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Publications and Conference Papers (free to download)

Click on the links below to access their sections in this web page.

Issues Paper Series

Student Paper Series

Conference papers

Miscellaneous publications

Economic Tools for Schools: a resource for school economics teachers.

Printed copies of Issues Papers and Student Papers can be purchased from the Centre for Public Policy Evaluation:

Stuart Birks
Centre for Public Policy Evaluation

Massey University
Private Bag
Palmerston North
New Zealand

Phone: +64 6 350 5799 Extn 2660
Fax: +64 6 350 5660
Email: K.S.Birks@massey.ac.nz
    

Issues Paper Series

This series looks at a range of current policy questions. It is intended to inform and stimulate debate. Printed copies can be obtained at a small charge from the Centre. For details, send an email to: K.S.Birks@massey.ac.nz

No.16 "Econometrics for Education Policy" Stuart Birks, Ivan Snook, Jane Prochnow, Peter Rawlins, John O'Neill, August 2013 PDF version

No.15 "Proceedings - Men's Issues Summits 2005" Stuart Birks (ed.), December 2005, PDF version Contents (html)

No.14 "Economics and Policy - Worlds Apart?" Stuart Birks (ed.), September 2003, PDF version Contents (html)

No.13 "Proceedings of Social Policy Forum 2002 - The Child and the Family Court: Seeking the Best Interest of the Child", Stuart Birks (ed.), February 2003 PDF version Contents (html)

No.12 "Inclusion or Exclusion II: Why the Family Court Protests?", Stuart Birks, June 2002 PDF version Contents (html)

No.11 "Proceedings of Social Policy Forum 2001 - Child and Family: Children in Families as Reflected in Statistics, Research and Policy" Stuart Birks (ed.), November 2001 PDF version Contents (html)

No.10 "Children's Rights and Families: Proceedings of Social Policy Forum 2000", Stuart Birks (ed.), January 2001 PDF version Contents (html)

No.9 "Inclusion or Exclusion: Family Strategy and Policy", Stuart Birks (ed), November 2000 PDF version

No.8 "Analytical Skills for Social Issues: Reason or Delusion", Stuart Birks (ed), October 2000 PDF version

No.7 "Research for Policy:  Informing or Misleading", Stuart Birks and Gary Buurman, August 2000 PDF version

No.6 "Perspectives on Fathering II", Stuart Birks and Paul Callister (eds), October 1999 access here

No.5 "Perspectives on the International Sale of Tertiary Education", James E Alvey (ed.), September 1999 PDF version

No.4 "Perspectives on Fathering", Stuart Birks and Paul Callister (eds), April 1999 access here

No.3 "The Family Court: A View from the Outside", Stuart Birks, October 1998 html version PDF version

No.2 "Gender Analysis and the Women's Access to Justice Project", Stuart Birks, March 1998 html version PDF version

No.1 "Is the Legal System and Efficient Regulatory and Dispute Resolution Device?", Stuart Birks and Gary Buurman, October 1997 html version PDF version


Student Paper Series

This series presents the results of student research and literature review on policy issues. Printed copies can be obtained at a small charge from the Centre. For details, send an email to: K.S.Birks@massey.ac.nz

No.5 "The Student Debt Debate: An Economic Investigation of the Issues", Rachel Baxter and Stuart Birks, May 2004 PDF version

No.4 "Statistics New Zealand’s Definition of Family, its Implications for the Accuracy of Data and Effectiveness of Policy Targeting", Robert Hodgson and Stuart Birks, March 2002 html version PDF version

No.3 "The Gender wage Gap in New Zealand: Theory and Evidence", Stephen Summers and Stuart Birks, July 2000 access here

No.2 "An Economic Assessment of the Priority Criteria for Elective Surgery in New Zealand", Deborah Jenkins and Stuart Birks, July 1998 html version PDF version

No.1 "Fact or Fiction: Five Issues About Women's Employment in New Zealand", Rachel E. Bate and Stuart Birks, March 1998 html version PDF version


Conference Papers

Birks S "Scientific investigations: Logic or rhetoric?" ANZSASI 2011, Wellington, 10-12 June 2011

Birks S "Why the Shadow of the Law is Important for Economists" Joint NZAE/LEANZ Conference, Wellington, 30 June-2 July 2010

Birks S "An Economic Theory of Democracy Revisited - Downs with Traction", NZAE Conference, Auckland, 1-3 July 2009

Birks S "An Economic Theory of Democracy Revisited - Downs with Traction", NZPSA Conference, Auckland, 28-29 August 2008

Birks S "The media and an informed electorate – an economist’s perspective" ANZCA Conference, Wellington, 9-11 July 2008

Birks S "Reporting on research – a better-informed public?" ANZCA Conference, Wellington, 9-11 July 2008

Birks S "Statistical significance and policy significance" NZAE Conference, Wellington, 9-11 July 2008 (click here for poster)

Birks S "A word of caution on indices" NZAE Conference, Wellington, 9-11 July 2008 (click here for poster)

Birks S "Gendered perspectives on estrangement" LexisNexis Property Relationships Masterclass, Auckland, 26-27 June 2008

Birks S "Is Economics Relevant for Policy debate?" NZPSA Conference, Wellington, 30-31 August 2007

Birks S "Policy making - are we looking forwards?" NZAE Conference, Christchurch, 27-29 June 2007

Birks S "Revisiting Some Economic Fundamentals", NZAE Conference, Wellington, 28-30 June 2006

Birks S "Men in research II", NZ Menís Issues Summit II, Christchurch, 5 August 2005

Birks S "Government policies and families", NZAE Conference, Christchurch, 29 June-1 July, 2005

Birks S "Men in research", NZ Menís Issues Summit, Auckland, 6 May 2005

Birks S "Equal Employment Opportunities and Policy", a paper for a joint LEANZ/Education Forum seminar, 8 November 2004

Birks S "Policy, Decisions and the Law", NZAE Conference, Wellington, 30 June-2 July 2004, also "Policy, Decisions and the Law - presentation notes" (contains different material)

Birks S "Aggregation, Bias and Confusion - Distortions in Policy", NZAE Conference, Auckland, 25-27 June 2003

Birks S "Public Sector Policymaking", NZAE Conference, Wellington, 26-28 June 2002

Birks S "Public opinion or public sentiment: family law policymaking in New Zealand", New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference, Palmerston North, 7 December, 2001

Birks S LEANZ seminar on the Property Relationships Amendment Act, Wellington, 6 August, 2001

Birks S "Family Law - what it teaches our children", Fourth Child and Family Policy Conference, Dunedin, 28-30 June, 2001

Birks S and Buurman G "Economic Information and Law", NZAE Conference, Christchurch, 27-29 June 2001

Birks S and Buurman G "Restaurants and Health Care: a participatory presentation", Public Health Association Conference, Palmerston North, 24-26 July 2000

Birks S "The Shared Parenting Bill", Public Health Association Conference, Palmerston North, 24-26 July 2000

Birks S and Buurman G "Interactive Teaching Methods in Economics", NZAE Conference, Wellington, 12-14 July 2000

Birks S "Legal Reasoning and Economics", NZAE Conference, Wellington, 12-14 July 2000

Birks S and Buurman G "Misinformation and Contemporary Economic Policy", Pacific Rim Allied Economic Organisations Conference, Sydney, Australia, 12-15 January 2000

Birks S and Buurman G "Applying Economics in a Multidisciplinary Context", NZAE Conference, Rotorua, 30 June - 2 July 1999

Alvey J E, Birks S and Buurman G "Internationalisation of Tertiary Education: Strategic Issues", 7th Annual Educators Conference of the New Zealand Strategic Management Society, Palmerston North, 4 February 1999.

Birks S "Gender, Policy and Social Engineering", New Zealand Association of Economists, Wellington, 3 September 1998. A later version of this paper is published and available online in Nuance volume 1.

Miscellaneous publications

Birks S "An Assessment of Proposed Changes to the Child Support Formula", Policy Quarterly, 7 (1), February 2011

Birks S "Theory, Consistency and Rhetoric" Massey University Economics and Finance Discussion Paper No. 09.01, January 2009

Birks S "A Response to M. Baker, 'Lingering concerns about child custody and support'", Policy Quarterly, 4 (1), March 2008


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