Michael Dockery


PhD (Economics, Curtin)

Research Fields

Labour economics, Education and training, Indigenous socio-economic outcomes, Subjective wellbeing, Housing

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Mike Dockery is an Associate Professor with the School of Economics and Finance at Curtin Business School. Mike was previously a Principal Research Fellow with BCEC, and prior to that, was a Research Fellow and later Director of the Centre for Labour Market Research, undertaking contracted research for a wide range of government departments and policy agencies.

Mike’s research interests and activities traverse a range of issues in applied labour economics; including education and training, Indigenous socio-economic outcomes, subjective wellbeing and housing. While at BCEC, Mike’s research concentrated on Indigenous wellbeing and labour participation, researching labour market outcomes and the links between the labour market and the wellbeing of workers’ and their families. Much of his research involves the application of longitudinal (panel) data, including data from the Household, Income and Labour dynamics in Australia Survey (HILDA), the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, Longitudinal Studies of Australian Children and of Indigenous Children.

Mike is frequently called up to provide input into policy formulation by bodies such as the Productivity Commission, the Fair Pay Commission, and he has won numerous competitive grants with the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and National Centre for Vocational Education Research. His current projects include extensions of his seminal work on the links between cultural identity and the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians and the impact of non-standard working hours on families.  Mike is also on the editorial boards of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics and the Journal of Happiness Studies.