Dr. Neelesh Gounder -  School of Economics

Dr. Neelesh Gounder

Senior Lecturer


PhD [Griffith University, Australia]
Master of Commerce [The University of the South Pacific]
Post Graduate Diploma in Economics [The University of the South Pacific]

Research Areas

Trade, poverty and growth in Pacific Island Countries; Economic Performance of Pacific Island Countries; Banking sector and financial development in Pacific Island Countries; Governance and Institutions 

Currently Teaching

Economics of Toursim [EC308]; WTO and Trade Liberalization in Developing Countries [EC416]

Graduate Research Supervision

PhD: Radhika Kumar [completed 2017]

PhD: Nilesh Nitin Chand [In progress]

Master of Commerce: Amit Prakash [In progress]


Greg Taylor Award [2016/2017]

Australian Prime Minister Pacific Australia Award [2012]

Contact Details 

Room: S256
Phone: (679) 323 2576
Fax: (679) 323 2522
Email: neelesh.gounder(at)usp.ac.fj

Selected Publications

P. Sharma and N. Gounder (2015), Resilient through the GFC and beyond: What drives bank profitability in small, open Pacific economies, Journal of Asia Pacific Business, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 191-209. 

P. Sharma, N. Gounder and D. Xiang (2015), Level and determinants of foreign bank efficiency in a Pacific Island country, Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 1-26. 

P. Sharma, N. Gounder and D. Xiang (2013), Foreign banks, profits, market power and efficiency in PICs: Some evidence from Fiji, Applied Financial Economics, Vol. 23, No. 22, pp. 1733-1744. 

N. Gounder (2013), Correlates of Poverty in Fiji: An Analysis of Individual, Household and Community Characteristics of Poverty, International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 40, No. 10, pp. 923-938. 

P. Sharma and N. Gounder (2013), Supply side obstacles to financing the private sector: Empirical evidence from a small island developing state, Journal of Pacific Studies, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 4-24. 

P. Sharma and N. Gounder (2012), Obstacles to Financing Small and Micro Enterprises: Empirical Evidence from a Small Island Developing State, Asia Pacific Development Journal, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 49-75. 

N. Gounder and P. Sharma (2012), Determinants of bank net interest margins in Fiji, a Small Island Developing State, Applied Financial Economics, Vol. 22, No. 19, pp. 1647-1654.

N. Gounder and B. C. Prasad (2012), Trading Preferentially and Protection: Good for Pacific Island Countries?, Journal of Pacific Studies, Vol. 32, pp. 59-66.

N. Gounder (2011), Financial Development and Economic Growth in Fiji: New Empirical Evidence, Fijian Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. pp. 2 12.

N. Gounder and B. C. Prasad (2011), Regional Trade Agreements and the New Theory of International Trade: Implications for Trade Policy in Pacific Island Countries, Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp.  49-63.

N. Gounder, M. Reddy, and B. C. Prasad (2010), Support for Democracy in the Fiji Islands: Does Schooling Matter?, International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 136 149.

G. Singh, M. Reddy, and N. Gounder (2009), How demographic differences influence customer satisfaction with the public service delivery in Fiji, International Journal of Services and Standards, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 276 289.

B. Rao, R. Singh, and N. Gounder (2007), Investment Ratio in Growth Equations, Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 14, No. 8, pp. 565 -568.

N. Gounder, P. K. Narayan, and A. Prasad (2007), An empirical investigation of the relationship between government revenue and expenditure: The case of the Fiji Islands, International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 34, No. 30, pp. 147-158.

N. Gounder and M. Reddy (2007), Pacific Islands Labour Market: Will a Minimum Wage Help?, Asia Pacific Economic Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 139-154.

N. Gounder and B. C. Prasad (2006), Affirmative Action in Fiji: Is it justified?, Development Bulletin, 70, pp. 60-64.

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