John Gibson is a former Motu affiliate. He is Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Waikato where he teaches on the micro-economics of development and on econometrics. He was previously Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Economics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and he has also taught in the Economics Department and Center for Development Economics at Williams College in the United States.
He received his PhD from the Food Research Institute of Stanford University. His research focuses on poverty and the behavior of households in low-income settings. His research also studies the effect that different data collection methods can have on measurement error in surveys of living standards. In 2008 he received the NZIER Economics Award, and in 2011 was awarded the Waikato Management School Dean’s Award for Research Excellence.