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  • St John, S (2016) Guest lecture ‘Is there an elephant in the room?’ Mt Eden’s IKA lunchtime lecture 30 March
  • St John, S (2106) Paid Parental leave CPAG submission select committee, 16th March
  • St John, S and M. O’Brien Workshop on Working for Families, University of Auckland Business School,17th march
  • St John, S and M. O’Brien Workshop on Working for Families, UNICEF, Wellington,21st March
  • St John, S. (2016) Jam tomorrow Jam yesterday. NEVER EVER JAM TODAY! 26th March
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  • St John, S (2016) The looming demographic pensions disaster. Daily Blog, 29th February
  • St John, S (2016) Can older citizens lead the way to a universal basic income? In Basic Income in the Antipodes: Perspectives from the ‘Other Side of the World’. (Editors: Jenni Mays, Greg Marston and John Tomlinson)
  • St John, S (2016) Brief of evidence in the Employment Court 10th Feb
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Research and teaching

Susan St JohnMy research and teaching interests are focused on public sector and retirement policy issues, including decumulation of savings and annuity issues, tax and poverty issues, and applied macroeconomics. My doctoral research focused on the retirement of middle-income baby-boomers and integrated reforms to managing the risks of longevity. My Masters thesis was on the cost allocation of Accident Compensation New Zealand.

Areas of interest include taxation of saving, pensions, long-term care insurance, levies and experience rating in accident compensation, family law and economics, economics of the welfare state, and income support. I have developed various local, national, and international forums for policy debates in welfare, accident compensation, and retirement incomes.

I am a part-time co-director of the University of Auckland Retirement Policy and Research Centre. Current projects include an analysis of suitable decumulation products for New Zealand, the family tax credit system, overseas pensions and their treatment in New Zealand, child poverty in New Zealand and family income assistance, income and asset testing for long-term care, the welfare state and targeting, the role of home equity release and, international pension systems, the economic implications of New Zealand's Accident Compensation, and tax reforms.