Emeritus Professor Boyd Hunter

BA, Post Grad Dip (Economics and Public Policy), MEc, PhD (Economics), ANU
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


Boyd Hunter is an Emeritus Professor associated with the Centre for Social Research and Methods, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. He has been President of the Australian Society of Labour Economics and isa Fellow of IZA. Boyd has been the Managing Editor and Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics and the Australian Journal of Social Issues. His main area of research and teaching involve the economic history of ‘The Indigenous Economy’ and the implications for contemporaneous social and economic policy.

In addition to his extensive engagement with labour economics and social policies debates, he has considerable expertise in econometrics, economic history, geography, poverty studies, survey design and analysis, and Indigenous economic policy. He conducted the first longitudinal analysis of Indigenous jobseekers.

During his undergraduate studies he was full-time Chair of the ANU Union Board where 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 also has experience in both public administration, having worked at the former Department of Social Security and the Department of Industrial Relations.

Researcher's projects

Renewing Indigenous Economies: The Economics of the Dreamtime Revisited

Making Indigenous-friendly businesses.

Dynamics of the Indigenous Labour Market Revisited

Aboriginal Population in Early Colonial Australia

The Causes and Consequences of Frontier Violence in Australia

Available student projects

Some suggested Phd topics:

Can policy address discrimination?

The business of making indigenous capitalists.

Current student projects

Making Indigenous-Friendly Businesses

Unconscious biases in the Australian Public Service (APS) and the implications for Indigenous Employment

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

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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