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Michael Rafferty

Michael Rafferty

B. Bus, BA (Hons) Curtin; PhD Sydney
ARC Research Fellow

The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 9081
Fax +61 2 9351 5615


Mike has undertaken research on work, labour markets, skills development, occupational health and safety, and financial aspects of working life, including mortgage stress, superannuation and retirement. He has also written on the shifting of life course risks from employers and the state to workers and households and the growing role of financial markets in managing those risks. Previously, he was MBA Program Coordinator at the University of Wollongong. Mike holds a PhD in economics,is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Employment Research at Warwick University and has taught at universities in Australia and Europe.

Newsroom articles

  • Fact Check zombie: Julie Bishop's record debt and deficit claim wrong again 19 Apr 2016

    ABC Fact Check

    ABC Fact Check quoted Dr Michael Rafferty from the Business School about a claim made by the Deputy Liberal Leader about Australia’s debt and deficit ahead of the May budget.

  • Michael Rafferty on ABC Radio 18 Apr 2016

    ABC Mid North Coast

    Dr Michael Rafferty was interviewed on ABC Mid North Coast about the benefits of annuities for purchasers and investors.

  • Michael Rafferty on 2SM Sydney 04 Apr 2016

    2SM Sydney

    Dr Michael Rafferty was interviewed on 2SM Sydney about the Federal Government’s proposal to allow states and territories to levy income taxes.

  • Michael Rafferty on 666 ABC Canberra 30 Mar 2016

    666 ABC Canberra

    Dr Michael Rafferty was interviewed on 666 ABC Canberra about the Prime Minister floating a proposal to allow states and territories to levy income taxes.

  • Death Tax should target the super-rich, charities say 11 Feb 2016

    Radio National The World Today

    Radio National’s The World Today interviewed Dr Michael Rafferty about taxation reform and a proposal to introduce a ‘death tax’.

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Research Grants


Financial Eruptions and Disruptions

Jan Wallander Foundation


Systems of Tax Evasion and Laundering: Locating Global Wealth Chains in the Global Political Economy

Norwegian Research Council


Risk shifting, retirement and low-paid work

This project will respond to the pressing need for greater understanding of the new socio-economic terrain of social risk shifting. The project will situate retirement financing within a discourse of risk shift to households and individuals, which is seeing social roles and identities tied, in cultural as well as monetary ways, into global finance.

ARC Federation Fellowship

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Research Expertise

  • Finance and financial markets
  • Corporate governance
  • Transition economics
  • International economics and business
  • Political economy
  • Monetary theory
  • Australian economic policy
  • Balance of Payments
  • Globalisation