Christoph Schumacher

Dr Christoph Schumacher

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Christoph is a Professor of Innovation and Economics at Massey University, the Director of the Knowledge Exchange Hub (Massey University's big data-driven research centre) and the ambassador for Australia and New Zealand of the Kronberg Academy (Germany).

He is the co-creator of GDPLive (, the world's first real-time GDP tracker powered by artificial intelligence, and the New Zealand Shared Prosperity Index (; a product of Christoph's interest in identifying and understanding critical social and economic issues through machine-learning driven big data analytics.

Christoph is a microeconomist interested in theoretical and experimental game theory. His other research fields are mathematical economics, machine learning, health and sports economics. Christoph has published in top international journals such as the Journal of Health Economics, Applied Economics, the European Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Industrial Economics and Economics Letters, and in national outlets such as the NBR, the New Zealand Herald and the Listener. He appears regularly on national radio and has been the resident economist on TV3's current affair program Three60.

Christoph has been an advisor to the Auckland District Health Board, the Auckland Council and the New Zealand Racing Board and has produced numerous reports for local governments and businesses. He is the recipient of the Jan Whitwell Memorial Prize by the New Zealand Association of Economists and the lead researcher in the KPMG Financial Institutions Performance Survey.

Christoph holds under, and post graduate degrees in Engineering (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) and International Business (The University of Auckland) as well as a PhD in Economics (game theory, Massey University) and recently completed a certificate in Big Data and Social Analytics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.

Recent Work

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Reflections on 2022

It is the time of the year when people reflect on the past year and wonder what the new year will have in store. So let’s take stock of 2022. Read more

Dr Christoph Schumacher
National Business Review
16 January, 2023
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Christoph Schumacher on NZ's OCR

Massey Uni Economist, and Initiative Adjunct Senior Fellow, Christoph Schumacher chats with Sean Plunket on New Zealand's official cash rate (OCR). Christoph is the co-creator of GDPLive (, the world's first real-time GDP tracker powered by artificial intelligence. Read more

Dr Christoph Schumacher
The Platform
14 November, 2022
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Real-time Inflation and Optimal OCR Tracker launch

Inflation is the hottest topic in economics right now, with economic powerhouses like the US, Germany or UK about to hit (or have already reached) double figures. Even our once-called ‘rock-solid’ economy is trending in this direction, yet our reserve bank seems reluctant to take the necessary monetary policy measures. Read more

Dr Christoph Schumacher
Insights Newsletter
11 November, 2022

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