Isabelle Sin joined Motu as a Fellow in January 2012 after completing her Ph.D in Economics at Stanford University, California. She also works as a lecturer at Victoria University and is a principal investigator for Te Punaha Matatini.
Her research areas are applied microeconomics and economic history, particularly the fields of the economics of knowledge and its international and domestic diffusion. Her interests also include migrants as carriers of ideas. In her doctoral dissertation, she studied flows of books translations between countries to gain insight into the international flow of ideas codified in books.
Isabelle graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2002 with an Honours degree in economics. She then worked at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Motu before leaving New Zealand to pursue her doctoral studies.