Robert Kirkby is a Senior Lecturer of Macroeconomics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is presently the Undergraduate Program Director for the School of Economics and Finance. His main research focus is the relation between Macroeconomics and Inequality.
In the New Zealand context he has looked at modelling recessions and booms, at characterizing the Fiscal behaviour of New Zealand Governments, at how policymakers can understand uncertainty, and at the effects of mortgage lending restrictions on housing and the spillovers to the economy.
More broadly his research includes topics such as money & inflation, cryptocurrencies, computational theory, the effects of taxation on the economy and inequality, and the relation between trends in macroeconomics and inequality. He is a lead-developer on the VFI toolkit for Matlab; vfitoolkit.com.