Statistics NZ Jacoby Prize


The Statistics New Zealand Jacoby Prize is awarded by the Population Association of New Zealand for the best report on a New Zealand related population topic written during a course of university study. The competition is open to tertiary students throughout New Zealand, and is held during the year of the biennial PANZ Conference to all current or immediate past students who present a paper based on their student research.

The prize includes $500 from Statistics New Zealand, travel and accommodation for the conference courtesy of PANZ, a year’s free subscription to PANZ, and publication of the winning essay in our journal – the New Zealand Population Review. Entries will be called for in 2019 for the next conference.

IMPORTANT NOTE – Submissions must be of a high standard, have been thoroughly checked for typos and errors, and must be free from plagiarism.


This year’s winner

The 2017 Jacoby Prize was awarded to Niyi Alimi for his paper titled ‘More pensioners, less income inequality? The impact of changing age composition on inequality in big cities and elsewhere.’

Niyi investigated the increase in income inequality experienced in New Zealand in recent decades, with a focus on the differences between metropolitan and non-metropolitan urban areas, and the impact of an ageing population.

Winner Niyi Alimi receives his prize at this year’s PANZ conference in Christchurch.

Previous winners

The 2015 Jacoby Prize was awarded to Rachael McMillan from the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis for her paper titled ‘Policy Responses to Depopulation’.

The 2013 Jacoby Prize was awarded to Xingang Wang. Xingang is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Auckland. His winning paper was titled ‘Assimilation, Ethnic Capital, and the Earnings of Immigrants in New Zealand: A Spatial Approach’.

The 2011 Jacoby Prize was awarded to Rachael Hutt from the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis at Waikato University for her paper titled ‘New Zealand’s Sole Parents and their Marital Status – Updating the Last Decade’.

The 2009 Jacoby Prize was awarded to Alexandra Boyle from the School of Geography and Environmental Services at The University of Auckland for her paper titled ‘Conceptions of Diaspora in a Globalising World: The Indian Diaspora Case Study’.

The 2007 Jacoby Prize was awarded to Catherine Schroder from the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at Victoria University, for her paper titled ‘Place Attachment in New Zealand’.

Background to Dr Jacoby