Isabelle Sin

Researcher in labour economics, Wellington, NZ

Isabelle Sin, PhD | Economist | Wellington, New Zealand

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington

Email: isabelle.sin (at)


Isabelle Sin is a Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, an independent research organisation located in Wellington, New Zealand. There she conducts academically rigorous economic research with a relevance to public policy.

Her research fields are labour economics and economic history. She has published research spanning the effects of labour market policies, the effect of parenthood on labour market outcomes, the causes of gender pay inequality, and the drivers of the international diffusion of knowledge. Her published research and work in progress can be viewed on the Research page.

Isabelle works extensively with Statistics New Zealand's Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), Longitudinal Business Database (LBD), and unit record New Zealand Census data.

Motu is a charitable trust, the mission of which is to promote well informed and reasoned debate on public policy issues relevant to New Zealand. Central to Motu’s reputation are its independence and the quality of the research its senior fellows produce. To help maintain trust in its research, Motu publishes all its findings, even if they’re disagreeable to the party that funded them.

Motu’s other purposes are to build research and public policy capacity in New Zealand and to freely disseminate its findings.

To discuss contracting Isabelle to conduct a research project, contact her by email or phone.


Ph.D in Economics, Stanford University, CA, USA

B.Sc. (Hons) in Economics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Curriculum vitae

Isabelle (Izi) Sin, CV (updated September 2018)

Contact: isabelle.sin (at)