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The Australian National University

Boyd Hunter, Senior Fellow

BA, Australian National University
Post GradDip (Economics and Public Policy), ANU
MEc, Australian National University
PhD (Economics), Australian National University

Boyd Hunter is IZA Research Fellow and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University, where he has worked for 20 years. He has been the Managing Editor and Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics since 2008. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Australian Journal of Social Issues, the official publication of the Australian Social Policy Association (& only social policy journal in Australia).

His contribution to the literature is reflected in over 120 peer reviewed publications, many of which are in highly ranked journals that span many social science disciplines. At last count, he had over 3200 scholarly citations. In addition to his extensive engagement with labour economics and social policy debates, he has considerable expertise in a range of social sciences fields: criminology, econometrics, economic history, geography, poverty analysis, survey design and analysis, and of course, Indigenous economic policy. He was recently awarded, along with John Carmody, the 2015 Sir Timothy Coghlan Prize for the best article in Australian Economic History Review for the paper ‘Estimating the Aboriginal population in early colonial Australia: the role of chickenpox reconsidered’.

He convenes the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours), or PhB program, program for the College of Arts and Social Sciences, including the Advanced Studies Unit subjects: 'Thinking Research' and 'Doing Research'. He also convenes the third year undergraduate course 'The Indigenous Economy' (INDG3003), which analyses the economic history of how Indigenous modes of production have been transformed from a hunter gatherer economy into an Indigenous economy that is increasingly integrated into the modern capitalist economy

Dr Boyd Hunter
(02) 6125 8207

Career highlights

Education

He convenes the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) program for the College of Arts and Social Sciences, including the PhB Advanced Studies Unit subjects: 'Thinking Research' and 'Doing Research'. He also convenes the third year undergraduate course 'The Indigenous Economy' (INDG3003), which analyses the economic history of how Indigenous modes of production have been transformed from a hunter gatherer economy into an Indigenous economy that is increasingly integrated into the modern capitalist economy.


Ongoing ARC Grants

  • 'From welfare to work, or work to welfare: Will reform of the Community Development Employment Program help close the employment gap? (with Altman, J.C., Sanders, W.G. and Jordan, K.)
  • Indigenous Australians and alcohol control: The impact of hotel ownership on harm reduction and social and economic development (with Brady, M.)

Recent Consultancies

  • Business-related studies and Indigenous Australian students (Department of Education 2014)
  • Education & the growth of Indigenous high status occupations' (DEEWR 2011)
  • Rural/ Regional Family Survey (AIFS 2007–)
  • Successful Indigenous economic participation (FaHCSIA: 2010–11)
  • Remoteness, life expectancy and Indigenous health (FaHCSIA: 2010–11)

Key publications & research

Edwards, B., Gray, M. and Hunter, B. 2015. The Impact of Drought on Mental Health in Rural and Regional Australia’, Social Indicators Research, 121: 177–194, DOI 10.1007/s11205-014-0638-2.

Hunter, B. 2015. ‘Whose business is it to employ Indigenous workers?’, Economics and Labour Relations Review, 26(4): 631–651, DOI:10.1177/1035304615598526.

Hunter, B.H. and Carmody, J. 2015. ‘Estimating the Aboriginal population in early colonial Australia: the role of chickenpox reconsidered’, Australian Economic History Review, 55(2): 112–138, DOI: 10.1111/aehr.12068 * (Awarded the 2015 Sir Timothy Coghlan Prize for the best article in Australian Economic History Review)

Hunter, B.H. 2014. ‘The Aboriginal Legacy’, Chapter 4 in Simon Ville and Glenn Withers The Cambridge Economic History of Australia, CUP, Cambridge, pp.73–96.

Kalb, G., Le, T., Hunter, B. and Leung, F. 2014. ‘Identifying Important Factors for Closing the Gap in Labour Force Status between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians’, The Economic Record, 90(291): 536–50.

Weatherburn, D., Snowball, L. and Hunter, B. (2008). Predictors of Indigenous arrest: An exploratory study, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 41(2): 307–22. Hunter, B.H. and Gray, M.C. (2005). The effectiveness of Indigenous job search strategies, The Economic Record, 82(256): 1–10.

Gray, M.C. and Hunter, B.H. (2005). The labour market dynamics of Indigenous Australians, Journal of Sociology, 41(4): 389–408.

Borland, J. and Hunter, B. 2000. ‘Does crime affect employment status?—the case of Indigenous Australians’, Economica, 67(1): 123–44.

Altman, J.C. and Hunter, B.H. (1998). ‘Indigenous Poverty’ in R. Fincher and J. Nieuwenhuysen Australian Poverty Now and Then, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 238–57.

CAEPR publications & research outputs

Discussion Papers

Discussion Paper
287
Discussion Paper No 287/2008
Jon Altman
Nicholas Biddle
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
274
Discussion Paper No 274/2005
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
267
Discussion Paper No 267/2004
Nicholas Biddle
Boyd Hunter
Jerry Schwab
Discussion Paper
266
Discussion Paper No 266/2004
Jon Altman
Nicholas Biddle
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
263
Discussion Paper No 263/2004
Boyd Hunter
Matthew Gray
Discussion Paper
261
Discussion Paper No 261/2004
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
254
Discussion Paper No 254/2003
Jon Altman
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
251
Discussion Paper No 251/2003
Boyd Hunter
Yohannes Kinfu
John Taylor
Discussion Paper
249
Discussion Paper No 249/2003
Boyd Hunter
Jerry Schwab
Discussion Paper
244
Discussion Paper No 244/2003
Boyd Hunter
Mardi Dungey
Discussion Paper
235
Discussion Paper No 235/2002
Jon Altman
Boyd Hunter
Sally Ward
Felicity Wright
Discussion Paper
214
Discussion Paper No 214/2001
John Taylor
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
203
Discussion Paper No 203/2000
Boyd Hunter
Diane Smith
Discussion Paper
201
Discussion Paper No 201/2000
Boyd Hunter
Anne Hawke
Discussion Paper
200
Discussion Paper No 200/2000
Boyd Hunter
Anne Hawke
Discussion Paper
183
Discussion Paper No 183/1999
Boyd Hunter
Matthew Gray
Discussion Paper
176
Discussion Paper No 176/1999
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
170
Discussion Paper No 170/1998
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
Jerry Schwab
Discussion Paper
164
Discussion Paper No 164/1998
Boyd Hunter
Matthew Gray
Discussion Paper
160
Discussion Paper No 160/1998
Boyd Hunter
Jerry Schwab
Discussion Paper
159
Discussion Paper No 159/1998
Boyd Hunter
Anne Daly
Discussion Paper
154
Discussion Paper No 154/1998
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
137
Discussion Paper No 137/1997
John Taylor
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
127
Discussion Paper No 127/1997
Jon Altman
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
119
Discussion Paper No 119/1996
Boyd Hunter
John Taylor
Discussion Paper
115
Discussion Paper No 115/1996
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
112
Discussion Paper No 112/1996
Jon Altman
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
108
Discussion Paper No 108/1996
John Taylor
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
107
Discussion Paper No 107/1996
Jon Altman
Boyd Hunter
Discussion Paper
106
Discussion Paper No 106/1996
Boyd Hunter

2011 Census Paperss

2011 Census Papers
10
2011 Census Papers No 10/2013
Matthew Gray
Monica Howlett
Boyd Hunter

Issue Briefs

Issue Brief
1
Issue Brief No 1/2012
Boyd Hunter

Research Monographs

Research Monograph
26
Research Monograph No 26/2006
Boyd Hunter
Research Monograph
21
Research Monograph No 21/2004
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
John Taylor
Research Monograph
32
Research Monograph No 32/2012
Boyd Hunter
Nicholas Biddle

Topical Issues

Topical Issue
8
Topical Issue No 8/2008
Jon Altman
Nicholas Biddle
Boyd Hunter
Topical Issue
5
Topical Issue No 5/2007
Jon Altman
Boyd Hunter
William Sanders
Topical Issue
3
Topical Issue No 3/2004
Boyd Hunter
Topical Issue
2
Topical Issue No 2/2004
Jon Altman
Boyd Hunter
Melissa Johns
Topical Issue
1
Topical Issue No 1/2004
Jon Altman
Boyd Hunter
Topical Issue
7
Topical Issue No 7/2011
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
Topical Issue
1
Topical Issue No 1/2013
Boyd Hunter
Nikki Stephenson
Topical Issue
2
Topical Issue No 2/2013
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
Monica Howlett
Topical Issue
1
Topical Issue No 1/2014
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
Nicholas Biddle
Topical Issue
1
Topical Issue No 1/2016
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter

Working Papers

Working Paper
40
Working Paper No 40/2008
Boyd Hunter
Anne Daly
Working Paper
32
Working Paper No 32/2006
Nicholas Biddle
Boyd Hunter
Working Paper
19
Working Paper No 19/2002
Boyd Hunter
Steven Kennedy
Nicholas Biddle
Working Paper
13
Working Paper No 13/2002
Boyd Hunter
Working Paper
2
Working Paper No 2/1999
Boyd Hunter
Matthew Gray
Working Paper
1
Working Paper No 1/1999
Boyd Hunter
Working Paper
81
Working Paper No 81/2012
Boyd Hunter
Matthew Gray
Working Paper
83
Working Paper No 83/2012
John Taylor
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
Mandy Yap
Julie Lahn
Working Paper
84
Working Paper No 84/2012
Boyd Hunter
Matthew Gray
Working Paper
91
Working Paper No 91/2013
Boyd Hunter
Working Paper
92
Working Paper No 92/2014
Boyd Hunter
Mandy Yap
Working Paper
93
Working Paper No 93/2014
Boyd Hunter
Monica Howlett
Matthew Gray
Working Paper
99
Working Paper No 99/2015
Monica Howlett
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
Working Paper
100
Working Paper No 100/2015
Boyd Hunter
Peter Radoll
Jerry Schwab
Heather Crawford
Nicholas Biddle
Matthew Gray

External publications

Research publications outside the CAEPR publications series, including books, book chapters, journal articles and reports.

External Publications

2012
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
2012
John Taylor
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
Mandy Yap
Julie Lahn
2011
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
2006
Nicholas Biddle
Boyd Hunter
2006
Boyd Hunter
2005
Jon Altman
Boyd Hunter
2005
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
2005
Boyd Hunter
Bill Arthur
Frances Morphy