Associate Professor Michael Cameron

Michael Cameron

Associate Professor in Economics

Qualifications: BMS (Hons) PhD Waikato

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About Michael

Dr Michael Cameron is an associate professor in economics. He is also a research fellow in the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), and a research associate of the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra. He was a PGDA Visiting Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University from 2015-16.

Dr Cameron gained his PhD from the University of Waikato in 2007, with a thesis titled "The Relationship between Poverty and HIV/AIDS in Rural Thailand". His current research interests include population, health and development issues (including the social impacts of liquor outlet density, the economics of communicable diseases especially HIV/AIDS, health applications of non-market valuation, and health and development project monitoring and evaluation), population modelling and stochastic modelling, financial literacy and economics education.

Dr Cameron received Outstanding Teaching Awards from Waikato Management School in 2009 and 2013, along with a Staff Excellence Awards for Teaching from the University of Waikato in 2009 and 2013. He was nominated for a National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award in 2014.

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Papers Taught

Research Supervised

I am currently supervising a number of Ph.D. and Masters students working on: return migration to Vietnam; informal labour in Timor Leste; fuel choice and indoor air pollution in Pakistan; and agent-based modelling for developing small-area population projections. I regularly supervise Summer Research Scholarships, including four students in 2015-16 and two in 2014-15.

Recent Publications

  • Cameron, M. P., & Cochrane, W. (2017). Using land-use modelling to statistically downscale population projections to small areas. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 23(2), 195-216.

  • Cameron, M. P., & Siameja, S. (2017). An experimental evaluation of a proactive pastoral care initiative within an introductory university course. Applied Economics, 49(18), 1808-1820. doi:10.1080/00036846.2016.1226492

  • Tran, N., Cameron, M. P., & Poot, J. (2017). Local institutional quality and return migration: Evidence from Vietnam (10/17). Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand: Department of Economics, University of Waikato.

  • Cameron, M. P. (2017). Climate change, internal migration and the future spatial distribution of population: A case study of New Zealand. Population and Environment, 22 pages. doi:10.1007/s11111-017-0289-8

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Economic Development; Economics; Health; Population Studies; Teaching and Learning

Contact Details

Room: MSB.2.23
Phone: +64 7 858 5082