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Michael Rafferty

Michael Rafferty

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

Rm 262
H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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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.

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Research Grants


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

Norwegian Research Council


Financial Eruptions and Disruptions

Jan Wallander Foundation


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