Dr Le Wen

Doctor of Philosophy in Economics


Le's research covers both labour economics and energy economics and currently works as a research fellow at the Energy Centre, University of Auckland Business School.

Le received her PhD in Economics from University of Auckland in 2015. Her PhD study gets involved econometric modelling of immigration, data analysis, and policy analysis. One original aspect of Le's PhD research is in its use of panel data analyses to investigate the match between education and occupation and the resulting earnings effects and upward career mobility, after controlling for individual heterogeneity.

Le's applied research at the Energy Centre has made a significant contribution in the field of energy economics by initiating the spatial econometrics modelling design to analyse the spill-over effects of wind generation on electricity price. Le works jointly with Professor Basil Sharp on energy efficiency, with special focus on energy use in New Zealand’s industrial and Trade, Primary Industry, and Services Sectors.

Le has published in International Migration, and referred International Association for Energy Economics Conference Proceedings.


  • 2014 University of Auckland PhD Conference Fund Grant
  • 2012 UABS PhD Conference Best Poster Prize
  • 2012 University of Auckland PhD Research Fund Grant
  • 2011 University of Auckland PhD Conference Fund Grant
  • 2010 University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship

Areas of expertise

  • Energy Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Applied Economics


Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)
  • Economic Society of Australia (ESA)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Guang, F., & Wen, L. (2020). Growth pattern changes in China's energy consumption. Environmental science and pollution research international, 27 (22), 28360-28373. 10.1007/s11356-020-09206-0
  • Peng, J. C., Wen, L., Fu, L. N., & Yi, M. (2020). Total factor productivity of cultivated land use in China under environmental constraints: Temporal and spatial variations and their influencing factors. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27, 18443-18462. 10.1007/s11356-020-08264-8
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/50371
  • Wen, L., Sharp, B., & Sbai, E. (2020). Spatial Effects of Wind Generation and Its Implication for Wind Farm Investment Decisions in New Zealand. ENERGY JOURNAL, 41 (2), 47-72. 10.5547/01956574.41.2.lwen
  • Guang, F., He, Y., & Wen, L. (2019). Impacts of hybrid time-varying tariffs on residential electricity demand: The case of Zhejiang Province. UTILITIES POLICY, 6110.1016/j.jup.2019.100969
  • Yi, M., Fang, X., Wen, L., Guang, F., & Zhang, Y. (2019). The Heterogeneous Effects of Different Environmental Policy Instruments on Green Technology Innovation. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16 (23).10.3390/ijerph16234660
  • Peng, J., Xiao, J., Wen, L., & Zhang, L. (2019). Energy industry investment influences total factor productivity of energy exploitation: A biased technical change analysis. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 23710.1016/j.jclepro.2019.117847
  • Guang, F., He, Y., Wen, L., & Sharp, B. (2019). Energy intensity and its differences across China's regions: Combining econometric and decomposition analysis. ENERGY, 180, 989-1000. 10.1016/j.energy.2019.05.150
  • Wen, L., & Maani, S. A. (2019). Job mismatches and career mobility. APPLIED ECONOMICS, 51 (10), 1010-1024. 10.1080/00036846.2018.1524569
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sholeh Maani

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 641
New Zealand