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). 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 alcohol outlet density, the measurement of population ageing, migration, health applications of non-market valuation and discrete choice modelling, and cost-effectiveness analysis of public health interventions), population modelling and stochastic modelling, financial literacy and economics education.

Dr Cameron received Outstanding Teaching Awards from Waikato Management School in 2009, 2013, and 2018, along with 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: age- and ethnicity-specific internal migration flows; and projecting ethnic enclaves in Auckland City using microsimulation modelling. I also regularly supervise Summer Research Scholarships.

Research Interests

Recent Publications

  • Cameron, M. (2022). Zipf’s Law and #econtwitter: Working Paper in Economics (8/22). Waikato Management School.

  • Cameron, M. P., Miller, P. G., & Roskruge, M. (2022). Side-loading prevalence and intoxication in the night-time economy. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 15. doi:10.1016/j.abrep.2021.100403

  • Cameron, M. P., Miller, P. G., & Roskruge, M. (2022). Pre-drinking behaviour of people in the night-time economy: Evidence from a street-intercept survey in New Zealand. Drug and Alcohol Review, 41(4), 787-794. doi:10.1111/dar.13447

  • Cameron, M. (2022). The measurement of structural ageing – An axiomatic approach: Working Paper in Economics (4/22). Waikato Management School.

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

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB.2.23
Phone: +64 7 858 5082