Professor Bob Reed - People - Economics and Finance - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Professor Bob Reed


Professor in Economics


B.A. (Economics) ( Temple University) 1979
Ph.D. (Economics) (Northwestern University) 1985


Business and Law Rm 426C (4th floor west)

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 369 3726
Internal Phone: 93726

Postal address:
Department of Economics and Finance
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand


Professor Reed joined the Economics Department at Canterbury in June 2006. He previously held appointments at the University of Oklahoma (1992-2006) and Texas A&M University (1984-1992) in the United States. He is listed on RePEc/IDEAS as W. Robert Reed, and on Web of Science as Reed WR. His research has been cited approximately 500 times in peer-reviewed, SSCI journals.

Undergraduate Courses

ECON 213-S1 Introduction to Econometrics | ECON 324-S1 Econometrics II | ECON 214-S1 Data Analytics for Business Economics

Graduate Courses

FIEC 675: Advanced Applications in Finance and Economics

Research Interests

  • Applied Public Economics
  • Applied Econometrics

Current Projects

  • “The Effect of Exchange Rates and Tariffs on Chinese Imports: A Dual Margin Approach”
  • “Meta-Analysis and Publication Bias: How Well Does the FAT-PET-PEESE Procedure Work?”
  • “A Replication of “Are Competitive Banking Systems More Stable?” (Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, 2009)”
  • “Taxes and Economic Growth in OECD Countries: A Meta-Analysis”
  • “Is Health Care Infected by Baumol’s Cost Disease? Test of a New Model Using an OECD Dataset”
  • “On Estimating Long-Run Effects in Models with Lagged Dependent Variables”
  • “More Evidence On ‘Which Panel Data Estimator Should I Use?’”
  • “Bootstrap Methods for Inference in the Parks Model”
  • “Under Cover: Estimating the Existence of Profit-Shifting by MNCs in China”
  • "A Replication of “Building State Capacity: Evidence from Biometric Smartcards in India” (American Economic Review, 2016)”
  • “A Replication of "Risk Sharing and Transactions Costs: Evidence from Kenya’s Mobile Money Revolution” (American Economic Review, 2014)”
  • “Meta-analysis with Partial Correlation Coefficients: Can the Results Be Trusted?”
  • “A Comparison of the Performance of Heterogeneous Panel Data Estimators”
  • “A Stata Command for Implementing Bootstrap Procedures for Parks-type Panel Data Estimators”
  • “A Meta-Analysis of the Effect of Taxes on Economic Growth in U.S. States”
  • “A Replication of “The Role of Intermediaries in Facilitating Trade” (Journal of International Economics, 2011)”
  • “A Replication of “Bank Competition and Financial Stability: Much Ado About Nothing?” (Journal of Economic Surveys, 2015)”


  • Replications Editor, Public Finance Review

  • Co-Editor, Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal

  •  Co-Organizer, The Replication Network website

Recent Publications

(Selected outputs for last six years)

  • “What is Meant by ‘Replication’ and Why Does It Encounter Resistance in Economics?” with Maren Duvendack and Richard Palmer-Jones. American Economic Review, Vol. 107, No. 5 (2017): forthcoming.
  • “A Time Series Paradox: Unit Root Tests Perform Poorly When Data Are Cointegrated” with Aaron Smith. Economics Letters, Vol. 151 (2017): 71-74.
  • “Did FDI Really Cause Chinese Economic Growth? A Meta-Analysis” with Phillip Gunby and Yinghua Jin. World Development, Vol. 90 (2017): 242-255.
  • “The Relationship between Social Capital and Self-Reported Health in China” with Xindong Xue and Erxiao Mo. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Vol. 10 (2016-13): 1-44.
  • “A Replication of ‘Meta-Analysis of the Effect of Fiscal Policies on Long-run Growth’ (European Journal of Political Economy, 2005)” with Nurul Sidek. Public Finance Review Vol. 44, No. 3 (2016): 397-405.
  • “A Replication of ‘The Political Determinants of Federal Expenditure at the State Level’ (Public Choice, 2005),” with Stratford Douglas. Public Finance Review, Vol. 44, No. 4 (2016): 549-558.
  • “Does Financing of Chinese Mergers and Acquisitions have ‘Chinese Characteristics’?” with Lulu Gu. Economics Letters Vol. 139 (2016): 11–14.
  • “A Monte Carlo Analysis of Alternative Meta‐Analysis Estimators in the Presence of Publication Bias.” Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Vol. 9 (2015): 1-40.
  • “The Need for Replications” with James Alm. Public Finance Review Vol. 43 (2015): 139-142.
  • “Replication in Economics: A Progress Report,” with Maren Duvendack and Richard Palmer-Jones.” Econ Journal Watch Vol. 12, No.2 (2015): 164-191.
  • “On the Practice of Lagging Variables to Avoid Simultaneity.” Oxford Bulletin of Economics & Statistics, Vol. 77, No. 6 (2015): 897-905.
  • “A Replication of ‘Economic Development and the Impacts of Natural Disasters’ (Economics Letters, 2007),” with Robert Mercer. Public Finance Review Vol. 43 (2015): 155-178.
  • “Information Asymmetry, Market Segmentation, and Cross-Listing: Implications for Event Study Methodology,” with Lulu Gu. Journal of Asian Economics Vol. 28 (2013): 28-40.
  • "Using Model Selection Algorithms to Obtain Reliable Coefficient Estimates,” with Jennifer Castle and Xiaochuan Qin. Journal of Economic Surveys Vol. 27, No.2 (2013): 269–296.
  • “Chinese Overseas M&A Performance and the Go Global Policy.,” with Lulu Gu. Economics of Transition Vol. 21, No. 1 (2013): 157-192.
  • “Estimating the Effect on Grades of Using Multiple-Choice versus Constructed Response Questions: Data from the Classroom.,” with Stephen Hickson and Nicholas Sander. Educational Assessment Vol. 17, No. 4 (2012): 200-213.