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 3 364 2846
Internal Phone: 6846

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 400 times in peer-reviewed, SSCI journals.

Undergraduate Courses

ECON 213-S1 Introduction to Econometrics | ECON 324-S1 Econometrics II

Graduate Courses

FIEC 675: Advanced Applications in Finance and Economics

Research Interests

  • Public Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Labor Economics
  • Public Choice

Current Projects

  • “A Meta-Analysis of the Relationship between Taxes and Economic Growth in U.S. States”
  • “A Note on the Practice of Lagging Variables to Avoid Simultaneity”
  • “A Replication of ‘Meta-Analysis of the Effect of Fiscal Policies on Long-run Growth’ (European Journal of Political Economy, 2005)”
  • “A Replication of ‘The Political Determinants of Federal Expenditure at the State Level’ (Public Choice, 2005)”
  • “An Analysis of Real Exchange Rates for ASEAN and SAARC Economies”
  • “The Effect of Exchange Rates and Tariffs on Chinese Imports: A Dual Margin Approach”

Recent Publications

(Selected outputs for last six years)

  • Mercer, R. and Reed, W.R. (2013) A replication of “Economic development and the impacts of natural disasters” (Economics Letters, 2007). Public Finance Review, forthcoming.
  • Reed, W.R. (2013) Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. Yale University Press, New Haven (2008). Journal of Economic Psychology 34(1): 302-303.
  • Hickson, S., Reed, W.R. and Sander, N. (2012) Estimating the Effect on Grades of Using Multiple-Choice Versus Constructive-Response Questions: Data from the Classroom. Educational Assessment17(4): 200-213.
  • Ding, S., Meriluoto, L., Reed, W.R., Tao, D. and Wu, H. (2011) The impact of agricultural technology adoption on income inequality in rural China: Evidence from southern Yunnan Province. China Economic Review 22(3): 344-356.