Communities Research Group
About this group
Our primary research agenda is based on two broad objectives:
- Evaluating whether existing public welfare policies support social inclusion of diverse and traditionally marginalized communities in NZ, such as previously convicted, low-paid, and indigenous and ethnic groups; and
- Analysing well-being characteristics of socio-economically vulnerable populations in NZ and identifying scope for welfare promoting policies.
Our ongoing empirical studies on welfare implications of large-scale reforms such as the Civil Union Act of 2004, Marriage Amendment Act of 2013, Clean Slate Policy 2004, Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, and Sale of Liquor Amendment Act 1999 align with the first research objective. Additionally, our research on the low-paid population, ethnic differences in youth’s criminal behavior, and ethnic disparities in child health care utilisation in NZ aims to achieve our second objective.
|Kabir Dasgupta (Lead Researcher)||Alexander Plum (Lead Researcher)||Keshar Ghimire (University of Cincinnati)|
|André Diegmann (IWH)||Tom Kirchmaier (LSE)||Christopher Carpenter (Vanderbilt University)|
- Not Much Bounce in the Springboard: On the Mobility of Low Pay Workers
Description: This project utilises monthly administrative data to evaluate the probability of individuals with a strong attachment to the low pay sector shifting into higher pay.
Team: Kabir Dasgupta (Lead), Alexander Plum (Lead), Gail Pacheco, Peter Sloane
- Spare the Conviction, Spoil the Child? Effect of Regulatory Provisions of Youth Justice on Future Wellbeing
Description: This project evaluates the effect of youth justice practices on the future wellbeing of youth who commit crime.
Team: Kabir Dasgupta (Lead), Alexander Plum (Lead), André Diegmann, Tom Kirchmaier
- Health, Economic, and Social Outcomes of Same-Sex Couples in New Zealand
Description: This project looks into differences in various socio-economic and health outcomes among same-sex couples when compared with heterosexual couples in New Zealand.
Team: Kabir Dasgupta (Lead), Alexander Plum (Lead), Scott Carptenter
- Plum, Alexander; Pacheco, Gail & Dasgupta, Kabir (2021) When There is No Way Up: Reconsidering Low‐paid Jobs as Stepping stones. Economic Record.
- Dasgupta, Kabir; Ghimire, Keshar; and Plum, Alexander (2021) Impact of state children’s health insurance program on fertility of immigrant women. Applied Economics Letters, pp.1-13.
- Ayllón, Sara; Valbuena, Javier & Plum, Alexander (2021) Youth Unemployment and Stigmatization Over the Business Cycle in Europe. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.
- Dasgupta, Kabir; Ghimire, Keshar & Plum, Alexander (2021) Is It Time to Let go of the Past? Effect of Clean Slate Regulation on Employment and Earnings. Revise and Resubmit to The Review of Economics and Statistics. Working Paper 21/06.
- Dasgupta, Kabir; Plum, Alexander & Erwin, Christopher (2021) The Devil is in the Details: Identifying the Unbiased Link between Access to Alcohol and Criminal Behavior. Revise and Resubmit to Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. Working Paper 20/12.
- Dasgupta, Kabir; Diegmann, André; Kirchmaier, Tom & Plum, Alexander (2021) The Role of Ethnicity in Criminal Behavior. Under review at Social Forces. Working Paper 20/10.
- Dasgupta, Kabir & Plum, Alexander (2020) Human capital formation and state dependence in low pay. Under review at Applied Economics. Working Paper 20/15.
- Cochrane, Bill; Fletcher, Michael; Pacheco, Gail & Plum, Alexander (2018). Low pay in NZ. Wellington, NZ: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.