Associate Professor Bob Stephens
Bob Stephens’ research has been focused in the areas of social and public policy, and tax reform.
Bob retired as Associate Professor in Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington in January 2010. As a foundation Member of New Zealand Poverty Measurement Project, Bob developed a poverty measure suitable for the current economic and social policy environment in New Zealand. He has been involved in several international comparative studies, including the level of financial assistance for dependent children, child support, lone parents, social assistance and transparency of the budget process.
In 2010 Bob co-edited Retirement Income Policy and Intergenerational Equity, and is writing a paper on Retirement Incomes with Judith Davey and Geoff Rashbrooke that extends the discussion further than just the usual debate over affordability of Superannuation to include items such as KiwiSaver, the ‘Cullen Fund’ Housing status, and health care.
Universal Basic Income
The viability of a Universal Basic Income, a notion that has received some discussion both here and overseas, is an area that Bob has been investigating.
He has also been writing submissions for the Wellington Branch of Forest and Bird, while past work has covered Poverty Measurement, Inequality, and Tax Reform. The latter may become more significant when the new government makes announcements on their Tax Reform Commission of Inquiry.