Dave Maré is a Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust in Wellington, New Zealand. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Waikato, where he is an affiliate of the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA). Dave gained his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1995, specialising in labor economics and urban economics. His research interests continue to span the empirical spatial and labour economics, looking at issues of migration, labour market dynamics, labour market policy evaluation, and the economic performance of cities.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in March 2013.



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. 9510

This paper examines the relationship between firm multifactor productivity growth (mfp) and changing skill levels of labour in New Zealand, over the period 2001-12, using longitudinal data from Statistics New Zealand's Longitudinal Business Database (LBD) and Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI). We estimate that the average skill of workers declined by...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8541

This paper examines remuneration and labour mobility patterns among workers in foreign-owned firms operating in New Zealand. By tracking workers as they move across jobs, we document the extent of the "foreign wage premium" distinguishing between compositional factors (eg, differences in industry and employment composition across foreign and domestic firms)...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7745

In New Zealand, the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) was milder than in most other developed countries, with employment declining by 2.5 percent between 2008q4 and 2009q4. Job and worker turnover rates both declined, signalling a reduction in labour market liquidity and difficulties for new entrants and high-turnover...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7534
published in: Journal of Labour Research, 2016, online first (DOI 10.1007/s12122-016-9221-8)

We examine the correlates of reported hiring difficulties at the firm level using linked employer-employee and panel survey data over 2005-2011, focussing on the relative influence of firm-level characteristics, persistence, the business cycle and local labour market liquidity. At both the aggregate and the firm-level, hiring difficulties eased after the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5686
published as 'Innovation and the Local Workforce' in: Papers in Regional Science, 2014, 93(1), 183–201

We combine firm-level innovation data with area-level Census data to examine the relationship between local workforce characteristics, especially the presence of immigrants and local skills, and the likelihood of innovation by firms. We examine a range of innovation outcomes, and test the relationship for selected subgroups of firms. We find...