Dr William Cochrane

William Cochrane

Senior Lecturer, Convenor (IR&HRM)

Qualifications: MSocSc, PhD Waikato

About William

Bill Cochrane was a Research Fellow in the Population Studies Centre from 2002-2010, and continues in the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis as an Associate Researcher. He is involved with Jacques Poot and Michael Cameron in the provision of a wide range of consultancy services to local authorities, district health boards and various NGO's in the areas of population projection and labour market analysis.

He gained his PhD from the University of Waikato in 2011 researching regional diversity and local labour market outcomes in New Zealand.

Papers Taught

Research Interests

Dr William Cochrane's main interests lie in Labour Economics. He specialises in the econometric analysis of local labour markets, spatial econometric analysis, evaluation of policy particularly in relation to the labour market and social security system, labour market and small area demographic projections; as well as analysis of the organisation of work and workplace productivity.

Recent Publications

  • Rua, M., Hodgetts, D., Stolte, O., King, D., Cochrane, B., Stubbs, T., . . . Groot, S. (2019). Precariat Māori households today: Te Arotahi Series Paper (May, No.02). Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence.

  • Cochrane, W., & Poot, J. (2019). Did the post-1986 decline in the homeownership rate benefit the New Zealand labour market? A spatial-econometric exploration (IZA DP No. 12402). Bonn, Germany: IZA Institute of Labor Economics. doi:10.1007/s41685-020-00148-6

  • Cochrane, W., & Poot, J. (2019). The effects of immigration on local housing markets (7/19). Hamilton, New Zealand: Waikato Management School. Retrieved from

  • Pacheco, G., Li, C., & Cochrane, W. (2019). An empirical examination of the gender pay gap in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 44(1).

Find more research publications by William Cochrane


Regional diversity; local labour market outcomes; organisation of work; industry structure and survey analysis; design and implementation.

Contact Details

Room: K2.02
Phone: +64 7 838 4023