Assoc Prof Paul Hansen

Associate Professor, Department of Economics

  • Area of Specialisation:
    • Economics
    • Decision Analysis
  • Faculty/Key Office:
    • Associate Professor, Department of Economics
    • Director, 1000Minds Ltd
    • Director, Graduate Factory Ltd
  • Education:
    • PhD (Otago),
    • MEc (ANU)
Eat well and remember to wear sunscreen. Also, you can learn lots from your MBA classmates.

Paul also advises that the students themselves “are one of the most valuable ‘resources’ available while you are studying. Make the most of them. Learn from their professional expertise, cultural backgrounds and personalities. And enjoy their friendship too – hopefully, for the rest of your life."

International teaching and industry experience

In addition to New Zealand, Paul has taught his Economics course in South Korea and India – at Sungkyunkwan University and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore – and lived in Australia, Sweden, Israel and India. His 1000Minds decision-making software ( is used in over 25 countries. It is patented in the US, Australia and New Zealand and has won international awards for innovation. Paul is also involved in, an online education company. He has also published 50 refereed articles in international journals!

Reasons Paul enjoys teaching in the MBA programme

Paul enjoys teaching MBA students because of their commitment to learning and their overall intensity; their international backgrounds are very interesting too. They’ve made a deliberate decision to enrol in Otago’s MBA programme – incurring significant time and money costs – and so they’re determined to get the most back from their investment. They are not here to mess around. For any teacher, that’s very rewarding. Also, working with the other people involved in the Otago MBA – other teachers and administrators – is mostly fun too.

Global Perspective

Economics is a truly international discipline in the sense that the ideas covered apply anywhere and everywhere. They’re like the laws of physics in this respect; they apply equally in Beijing or New York as they do in Dunedin.. Paul’s goal is to encourage students to ‘think like an economist’ and to equip them with as many useful tools as possible – to be able to make better decisions in business and in their lives overall.