As an academic, I routinely present scholarly seminars. I do not list these here since they are simply too numerous. If you attended one of my talks and are interested in getting hold of my slides including slides from any of my courses, then please e-mail me at my University of Auckland email address. I am happy to share. Here, I only list talks of a non-technical nature given to a wider audience. I do a lot of interviews and rarely keep track of all of them. A selection appears below.
Talked to Paul Brennan of Reality Check Radio about NZ Covid Response. Audio clip available here.
August 2023: RNZ interview regarding the relative efficacy of pay cuts and layoffs in a recession. During tough economic times businesses and firms looking to reduce costs are usually happier to lay workers off. But a recent survey by research firm Talbot Mills found the majority of people would rather struggling firms cut pay than slash workforce. I talked to RNZ about my work in this area and why this finding is not surprising.
January 2023: I gave a seminar based on the book at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The talk was covered widely in the popular media in Bangladesh including leading dailies such as Prothom Alo, Desh Rupantar, The Financial Express, The Business Standard and many others.
September 2022: Talked to RNZ’s “The Panel” about the importance of trust in the workplace and between employers and employees. Audio clip here.
July 23, 2022: I presented a keynote talk based on my book “Nudged into lockdown?” at the ACT Party New Zealand Real Change Event held in Christchurch on July 23, 2022. See a PDF version of the slides from my talk here.
April 8, 2021: Seminar delivered to Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School. Slides from talk: “Time in Office and the Changing Gender Gap in Honesty“. Here is a Youtube recording of the talk.
In December 2020, I was invited by Amity University in India as a distinguished guest and speaker. I gave a talk on “Decision Making in Pandemics” based on my forthcoming books “Behavioural Economics and Experiments” and “Uncommon Sense”. If you are interested, you can watch this talk on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftrU3rzy0BM.
In October 2020, I gave a talk on Dual Foundations of Political Ideology at Harvard Kennedy School Center for International Development based on work I am doing with colleagues at Auckland with support from the Marsden Fund. This talk is designed for a general audience and should be accessible to a large group of people.
In August 2020, I gave a talk on “Decision Making in Pandemics” as part of a symposium on the response to Covid-19. This link will take you to the video of the presentation. Originally, this event was scheduled to be held in the Banquet Hall of Parliament, hosted by MP David Seymour. But, due to a lock down in Auckland at the time, I ended up delivering this talk remotely. If interested, here is the Programme for the Symposium. This link takes you to the symposium page and this link takes you to the Covid Plan B Page, which provides an overview of the work we have done in providing an alternative perspective to the received wisdom on the Covid-19 pandemic.
In November 2019, I gave a talk on “The Economics of Fairness” as part of the University of Auckland’s Spring Week on Campus. I also gave a version of this talk to the Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Commerce and Economics Teachers Association in September 2019.
I write extensively for the media on the basis of my own research findings. In fact, I prefer to write things up on my own rather than put out press releases in order to ensure greater accuracy in what gets written up. Much of this is available on the page on “Popular Writings”. Nevertheless, a lot of my work does make its way to the popular media frequently. These are too numerous to keep track of and list. Here is a selection of some of these.
- August 2021: Appeared on BBC World talking about Covid-10, lockdowns and “elimination”.
- September 2020: On Channel News Asia (Singapore) talking about lockdowns, economic contractions and negative interest rates.
- August 2020: I appeared on Phoenix TV Hong Kong talking about the impact of Covid-19 on the New Zealand economy and the importance of NZ-China trade.
- August 2020: A podcast featuring work on the perils of night trading. This is based on results reported in the following paper: Dickinson, D., Chaudhuri, A and Greenaway-McGrevy, R. (2019). Trading while sleepy? Circadian mismatch and excess volatility in a global experimental asset market. Experimental Economics. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10683-019-09623-0.
- In July 2020, I appeared on Newstalk ZB and TVNZ Seven Sharp. Here is a clip from the Seven Sharp appearance. https://www.facebook.com/sevensharp/videos/auckland-university-professor-wants-self-isolation-for-returning-kiwis-rather-th/2680172798924408/.
- Here are a couple of clips, both of me talking about the Covid-19 pandemic and the policy responses to the same.
- A few years ago, I “starred” in a TV show called “Late Night Big Breakfast” which was hosted by the NZ Comedian Leigh Hart with Jason Hoyte and Jeremy Wells as co-hosts. I appeared in multiple episodes of the show. Here is a YouTube clip for the first episode. I make my appearance around Minute 16 on this clip. Late Night Big Breakfast Season 1, Episode 1.
- For information about my writings as part of the Covid Plan B group, which received extensive media coverage, see the Covid Plan B website.
- New Zealand extends Covid-19 lockdowns, Voice of America News, October 12, 2021.
- How to pay off the mortgage in record time, New Zealand Herald, August 21, 2021.
- Covid19 nearly 20 million in managed isolation bills remains unpaid, Stuff.co.nz, March 11, 2021.
- Nature vs nurture and their effects on our spending habits, New Zealand Herald, November 15, 2020.
- Overcoming the fear of financial risk, New Zealand Herald, November 1, 2020.
- New Zealand backs lockdown strategy despite record contraction, Financial Times, September 17, 2020.
- Is Elimination still the best strategy? Stuff.co.nz and multiple national outlets, August 20, 2020.
- Auckland university professor wants self-isolation for returning kiwis rather than paying for hotel quarantine. TV NZ, July 20, 2020.
- Covid-19 has sparked a “buy NZ made” resurgence, will it last? Stuff.co.nz, May 3, 2020.
- Unseen costs of Covid19 not being counted, voxy.co.nz, April 15, 2020.
- Experts defend New Zealand’s strict lockdown rules in face of criticism, Sydney Morning Herald, April 14, 2020.
- The psychology of Christmas spending, New Zealand Herald, December 16, 2018.
- Are baby boomers really stopping millennials from buying houses? Oneroof.co.nz, February 16, 2019.
- First home buyers psyching themselves out of the market, New Zealand Herald, December 3, 2018.
- Why old habits are hard to kick in the New Zealand Herald, July 7, 2018.
- The Narada Sting case; Mamata Banerjee and TMC have nothing to fear from CBI, First Post, India, April 18, 2017.
- Men, Women and Corruption, Kathmandu Post, June 5, 2016.
- Are men more altruistic, helpful and chivalrous than women? Probably not. Psychology Today, March 10, 2016.
- All Girls’ Schools show edge, New Zealand Herald, September 17, 2012.
- Women worse at commission selling, New Zealand Herald, September 15, 2012.
- Optimistic beliefs offer escape from recessions, Multiple outlets including Media Release by British Royal Society, 2009.