Isabelle (Izi) Sin
Isabelle Sin joined Motu as a Fellow in January 2012 after completing her Ph.D in Economics at Stanford University, California.
Her research areas are applied microeconomics and economic history, particularly the fields of the economics of knowledge and its international and domestic diffusion. Her interests also include migrants as carriers of ideas. In her doctoral dissertation, she studied flows of books translations between countries to gain insight into the international flow of ideas codified in books.
Isabelle graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2002 with an Honours degree in economics. She then worked at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Motu before leaving New Zealand to pursue her doctoral studies.
You can find Izi’s dissertation for her PhD below under Publications.
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Sin, Isabelle; Emma Brunton, Joanna Hendy and Suzi Kerr. 2005. "The Likely Regional Impacts of an Agricultural Emissions Policy in New Zealand: Preliminary analysis," Motu Working Paper 05-08.
- Sin, Isabelle and Steven Stillman. 2005. "The Geographical Mobility of Maori in New Zealand," Motu Working Paper 05-05.
Sin, Isabelle and David C. Maré. 2004. "Maori Incomes: Investigating Differences Between Iwi," Motu Working Paper 04-06.
Kerr, Suzi; Isabelle Sin and Joanna Hendy. 2005. "Taxes vs permits: Options for price-based climate change regulation," New Zealand Treasury Working Paper 05/02.
Sin, Isabelle & Ran Abramitzky. 2011. "Book Translations as Idea Flows: The effects of the collapse of Communism on the diffusion of knowledge," Stanford Working Paper.
Sin, Isabelle. 2008. "The Dynamics of Adverse Selection in the Market for Slaves," Stanford Working Paper.
Sin, Isabelle. 2011. "Insights from Book Translations on the International Diffusion of Knowledge," doctoral dissertation, Stanford University.
Abramitzky, Ran, and Isabelle Sin. 2012. "Book Translations as Idea Flows: The Effects of the Collapse of Communism on the Diffusion of Knowledge," Motu Working Paper 12-05, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Wellington.
Sin, Isabelle, and Andrew Coleman. 2012. "The Adoption of Green Technologies in Agriculture", Motu Agricultural Emissions Dialogue Group, Wellington, New Zealand, 8 May 2012.
Sin, Isabelle. 2012. "The Gravity of Ideas: How Distance Affects Translations," draft paper, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Wellington.
Sin, Isabelle. 2012. "The Adoption of Environmentally Friendly Technologies in Agriculture," Motu Note #12, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Wellington.
Fabling, Richard, and Lynda Sanderson. 2013. “Exporting and Firm Performance: Market Entry, Investment and Expansion,” Journal of International Economics 89:2, pp. 422–31.