Dr Nazila Alinaghi

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Research fellow School of Accounting and Commercial Law

Research Interests

Public economics, labour economics, and Meta-Regression Analysis.


Nazila joined the School of Accounting and Commercial Law in October 2017, as a Research Fellow for the Chair in Public Finance after completing her PhD on the topic of taxes and economic growth at University of Canterbury, where she was awarded a UC PhD Scholarship and several other prizes for her papers. Since joining the CPF, Nazila has been working on several topics, including tax and transfer microsimulation modelling (minimum wage policy), estimating taxable income elasticities, and tax compliance. During 2019, she has produced three working papers. One of these (produced with Professors Creedy and Gemmell) was awarded the New Zealand Economic Policy Prize at the New Zealand Association of Economists Annual Conference. She also completed a project for which she received a research grant from the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Washington DC, USA), with the project outcome published in a peer-reviewed journal. Nazila contributed to the successful application to the 2019 MBIE Endeavour Fund, helping the CPF team secure over $1 million to undertake a three-year research project on measuring income inequality, poverty, and mobility in New Zealand.

Recent journal articles

  • Alinaghi, N. Mobile money, risk sharing, and transaction costs: A replication study of evidence from Kenya’s mobile money revolution. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 11, 4, 342-359. (2019).
  • Alinaghi, N., and Reed, W.R. Meta-analysis and publication bias: How well does the FAT-PET-PEESE procedure work?. Research Synthesis Methods, 9(2), 285-311. (2018).

Recent Working Papers

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Alinaghi, N., and Reed, W. R. (2018). Risk Sharing and Transaction Costs: Evidence from Kenya’s Mobile Money Revolution, A Replication Study of Jack and Suri (2014). IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), Rome, Italy.

Alinaghi, N., and Reed, W. R. (2017). Taxes and Economic Growth in OECD Countries: A Meta-Regression Analysis. NZAE (New Zealand Association of Economics) conference, Wellington, New Zealand.