Professor Boyd Hunter

BA, Australian National University Post GradDip (Economics and Public Policy), ANU MEc, Australian National University PhD (Economics), Australian National University
Senior Fellow
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Labour Economics 140211
  • Social Policy 160512
  • Economic History 140203
  • Industrial Relations 150306
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy 160501
  • Applied Economics 1402
  • Econometrics 1403


Boyd Hunter specialises in labour market analysis, social economics and poverty research. Boyd coordinated the first longitudinal analysis of Indigenous job seekers for the Department of Workplace Relations and Small Business. An important element of this project was to document the dynamics of Indigenous disadvantage within the labour market. He also conducts research into how high rates of Indigenous arrest effects Indigenous employment, education and welfare over the longer-term. He has published extensively in a diverse range of journals spanning across many social science disciplines. Boyd is a joint editor of the journal, the Australian Journal of Labour Economics. He also has experience in both public administration, having worked at the former Department of Social Security and the Department of Industrial Relations.

During his undergraduate studies he was full-time Chair of the ANU Union Board for one year when he gained some experience managing that large commercial organisation. Boyd is currently a member of several professional organisations, including the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and Economics Society of Australia, He is currently a member of the Scientific Reference Group for the National Indigenous Clearinghouse, a joint project between the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), with financial assistance from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). Boyd is also on the Steering Committee for the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Australia (organised through FaHCSIA).

Researcher's projects

Indigenous entrepreneurs and Indigenous businesses.

Indigenous-friendly businesses.

Dynamics of the Indigenous Labour Market Revisited

Economics of the Dreamtime revisited

Aboriginal Population in Early Colonial Australia

Available student projects

Some suggested Phd topics:

Can policy address discrimination?

Discrimination and other icebergs?

What is an indigenous-friendly workplace?

The business of making indigenous capitalists.

Current student projects

The value of cultural practice to Aboriginal people

Where are all the Indigenous entrepreneurs? A mixed methods study of the pathways and barriers into business for Indigenous Australians

The dynamics of the informal sector in Viet Nam

Evaluating Australian social policy using microsimulation models

Indigenous inputs into production of goods and services for Indigenous clients

Past student projects

The Australian Minimum Wage andthe Needs of a Family (Rob Bray)

Stone Chips to Silicon Chips: A Grounded Theory of Information and Communication Technology adoption in Australian Indigenous households—rural, urban and remote. (Peter Radoll)

Motivating and Maintaining Desistance from Crime: Male Aboriginal Serial Offenders’ Experience of ‘Going Good’ (Kate Sullivan)

Does it pay to go to school? The benefits of and participation in education of Indigenous Australians (Nicholas Biddle)


Projects and Grants

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