Associate Professor Michael Cameron

Michael Cameron

Associate Professor in Economics


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

Qualifications: BMS (Hons) PhD Waikato

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Contact Details

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

Papers Taught

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.

Follow his blog (Sex, Drugs and Economics) at

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., Roskruge, M., Droste, N., & Miller, P. (2018). Pre-drinking and the temporal gradient of intoxication in a New Zealand nightlife environment. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(1), 119-125. doi:10.15288/jsad.2018.79.119

  • Jackson, N., & Cameron, M. (2018). The unavoidable nature of population ageing and the ageing-driven end of growth - an update for New Zealand. Journal of Population Ageing, 11(3), 239-264. doi:10.1007/s12062-017-9180-8

  • Cameron, M., & Poot, J. (2018). The estimation and interpretation of coefficients in panel gravity models of migration: Working Paper in Economics (1/18). Hamilton, New Zealand: Waikato Management School.

  • Cameron, M. P., Roskruge, M. J., Droste, N., & Miller, P. G. (2018). Judgement of breath alcohol concentration levels among pedestrians in the night-time economy—a street-intercept field study. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 53(3), 245-250. doi:10.1093/alcalc/agx118

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