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

AProf 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 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, 2013, and 2018, 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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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

  • Abdul Ghani, R., Cameron, M., Cochrane, W., & Roskruge, M. (2019). A gravity model estimation of the bi-directional relationship between international trade and migration (2/19). Waikato Management School. Retrieved from

  • Jackson, N., Brabyn, L., Mare, D., Cameron, M., & Pool, I. (2019). From ageing-driven growth towards the ending of growth. Subnational population trends in New Zealand. In J. Anson, W. Bartl, & A. Kulczycki (Eds.), Studies in the Sociology of Population: International Perspectives (pp. 161-193). Springer.

  • Oetzel, J., Hokowhitu, B., Simpson, M., Reddy, R., Cameron, M., Meha, P., . . . Smith, L. (2019). Correlates of health-related quality of life for Māori Elders involved in a peer education intervention. Journal of Health Communication, 24(5), 559-569. doi:10.1080/10810730.2019.1637483

  • Mau-Quei, H., & Cameron, M. (2019). The characteristics of the informal sector in Timor-Leste (5/19). Waikato Management School. Retrieved from

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