Jacques Poot is Professor of Population Economics at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. He held previous academic positions at the University of Tsukuba in Japan and at Victoria University of Wellington, where he obtained his PhD. He is an elected Correspondent (Honorary Fellow) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected Member of the Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). He is 2017-2018 President of RSAI. He is also an Affiliate of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington, an Associate of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London and an adjunct professor in the Department of Spatial Economics at VU University Amsterdam. Jacques Poot is a member of the editorial board of a number of international journals, including Associate Editor of IZA Journal of Migration, and was 1997-2006 Pacific Editor of Papers in Regional Science. His research interests include all aspects of the economics of population (such as migration, fertility, labour force, and ageing) and especially the geographical dimension of these topics. He has, or has had, a leading role in several large multi-institution research programmes, including: on capturing the diversity dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand; on the economic integration of immigrants in New Zealand; on regional demographic change in New Zealand, and on migrant diversity and regional disparity in Europe.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2009.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10945
Ngoc Thi Minh Tran, Michael P. Cameron, Jacques Poot

International migrants are widely recognised as agents of institutional change in their home countries. However, the huge growth in temporary migration in recent years demands a fresh investigation of this phenomenon. Theoretically, a country's diaspora constitutes one of the four principal channels through which international migration may alter development. A...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10690
Omoniyi Alimi, Dave C. Maré, Jacques Poot

As is the case in most developed countries, the population of New Zealand is ageing numerically and structurally. Population ageing can have important effects on the distribution of personal income within and between urban areas. The age structure of the population may affect the distribution of income through the life-cycle...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10329
forthcoming in: Journal of Regional Research

For at least half a century, and building on observations first made a century earlier, the gravity model has been the most commonly-used paradigm for understanding gross migration flows between regions. This model owes its success to, firstly, its intuitive consistency with migration theories; secondly, ease of estimation in its...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9874
forthcoming in: Hans Westlund and Johan P. Larsson (eds.), Handbook on Social Capital and Regional Development, Edward Elgar

Both migrant entrepreneurship and social capital are topics which have attracted a great deal of attention. However, relatively little econometric analysis has been done on their interrelationship. In this paper we first consider the relationship between social capital and the prevalence of entrepreneurship. We also investigate the relationship between social...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8782
published in: P. Nijkamp, J. Poot and J. Bakens (eds.), The Economics of Cultural Diversity, Edward Elgar, 2015

Cultural diversity – in various forms – has in recent years turned into a prominent and relevant research and policy issue. There is an avalanche of studies across many disciplines that measure and analyse cultural diversity and its impacts. Based on different perspectives and features of the available data, a...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8251
published in: Environment and Planning A, 2016, 48(10), 2046-2066

Cultural diversity is a complex and multi-faceted concept. Commonly used quantitative measures of the spatial distribution of culturally-defined groups – such as segregation, isolation or concentration indexes – are often only capable of identifying just one aspect of this distribution. The strengths or weaknesses of any measure can only be...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7696
published in: Studies in Regional Science, 2013, 43(1), 61-78

The education services provided in any given country increasingly contribute to human capital that is employed in another country. On the one hand, graduates may seek to obtain the highest return to the knowledge they gained in their home country by working abroad. On the other hand, some students purchase...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7504
published in: Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 2013, 16 (1), 137-154

Despite considerable research on differences in labour market outcomes between native born New Zealanders and immigrants, the extent of discrimination experienced by the foreign born in the workplace remains relatively unexplored. We use micro data from the Confidentialised Unit Record File of the 2008 New Zealand General Social Survey (n...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7129
published online in: Papers in Regional Science, 2015, Online

To investigate econometrically whether cultural diversity of a firm's employees boosts innovation, we create a unique linked employer-employee dataset that combines data from two innovation surveys in The Netherlands with administrative and tax data. We calculate three distinct measures of diversity. We find that firms that employ fewer foreign workers...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6363
published in: Papers in Regional Science, 2013, 92(2), 305-328

Learning English is a potentially profitable investment for immigrants in the U.S.: while there are initial costs, the subsequent benefits include the ability to communicate with the majority of the population, potentially leading to better paying jobs and economic success in the new country. These payoffs are lessened if immigrants...