Stats NZ Jacoby Prize 2019

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Congratulations to Jesse Whitehead for winning the 2019 Stats NZ Jacoby Prize, awarded at the 2019 NZ Population Conference. 

The Stats NZ Jacoby Prize is awarded by the Population Association of New Zealand for the best paper on a New Zealand-related population topic written during a course of university study.

The competition is open to all current or immediate past tertiary students throughout New Zealand ahead of the biennial NZ Population Conference. All entrants will receive free registration to the Conference upon acceptance of their submitted paper.

The winners receive:

  • $500 from Stats NZ
  • conference travel, accommodation and registration courtesy of PANZ
  • two years free membership to the Association
  • publication of the winning essay in the New Zealand Population Review

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

past winners

The 2017 Stats NZ 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.


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’.

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