Michael Fletcher

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IGPS Senior Researcher School of Government

Qualifications

  • PhD, Economics (Auckland University of Technology, 2017)
  • B.C.A. (Hons), Economics (Victoria University of Wellington, 1990)
  • B.A., English Literature (Victoria University of Wellington, 1981)

Research interests

  • Social policy and social assistance/welfare/tax credits
  • Employment relations
  • Employment, unemployment and public employment services and programmes
  • Child Support and family policy
  • Public policy.

Profile

Michael Fletcher was born in Auckland and grew up in Wellington. He has extensive experience as an economic and social policy advisor, researcher and manager working across numerous New Zealand government agencies.

Prior to working in the public service where he held a number of senior posts including Group Manager, Policy and Research in the New Zealand Families Commission and Chief Labour Market Adviser in the Department of Labour, Michael was an economic research officer for the New Zealand Federation of Labour. He has worked for seven years as a senior lecturer and senior research officer at Auckland University of Technology teaching in the areas of social policy, public policy and employment relations.

He holds a PhD (Economics) from Auckland University of Technology with a thesis titled 'An investigation into aspects of the economic consequences of marital separation among New Zealand parents'. He has published in the areas of employment, social welfare, child poverty and child support. Michael’s current research interests are focused on welfare, social assistance policies and child support, and their interactions with the labour market.

Michael is the New Zealand Correspondent for the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich

Publications

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Fletcher, M. & Cook K (forthcoming). “The impact of changing family structures on the design and implementation of social policies: the case of child support policy in Australia and New Zealand”, Chapter 22 in Oxford international handbook of public administration for social policy: Promising practices and emerging challenges Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Carey,G., Dickinson, H., Fletcher, M. & Reeders, D. (forthcoming).Chapter 28 in Oxford international handbook of public administration for social policy: Promising practices and emerging challenges Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • St John, S., & Fletcher, M. (2011). "Reforming child support". In Dale, M. C., O'Brien, M., and St John, S. (eds.), Falling further behind. Auckland: Child Poverty Action Group.

Research reports and discussion papers

Conference and seminar presentations and proceedings

  • Fletcher, M. (2018). “Welfare State: Repairs and redesign”, Presentation to Rethinking the welfare system for the 21st Century, Annual Summit of the Child Poverty Action Group Aotearoa, Otago Medical School, Wellington, 12 September
  • Fletcher, M. (2015) "Welfare reform in New Zealand, 2011 – 2015", Presentation to the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, 11 November.
  • Skinner, C., Meyer, D., Cook, K. & Fletcher, M. (2015). "Child maintenance and poverty reduction in lone parent families: Analysis of typical cases in UK, US, NZ and Australia" ESRC International Seminar Series on Child Maintenance, London, 2-3 July (presented by D. Meyer).
  • Fletcher, M. (2015) "Making the child support system fit for families in a changing world" in Summit proceedings: Welfare fit for families in a changing world, Child Poverty Action Group, Auckland, 8 September.
  • Fletcher, M. Hanna, K. & Andersen, D. (2013). "The introduction of compulsory income management into New Zealand's social security system: The case of the Youth Service package", 15th Labour, Employment and Work Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, November.
  • Fletcher, M. Hanna, K. & Andersen, D. (2013). "The introduction of compulsory income management into New Zealand's social security system: The case of the Youth Service package", Social Policy Research Conference, Sydney 16-18 September.
  • Fletcher, M. "The New Zealand Child Support Amendment Bill: A preliminary examination of the likely distributional consequences and comparisons with Australia" (2012). Presented to Family Transitions and trajectories: the 12th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, 25-27 July.
  • Fletcher, M. (2009). "Child poverty in New Zealand, tax credits and the recession". Presented to Beyond Social Inclusion: Towards a More Equal Society? 25th Anniversary International Conference, Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University, Leicester, UK. January.
  • Fletcher, M. (2008). "New Zealand Economic and Social Policy in the Face of the Global Crisis". Presentation to VUW Institute of Policy Studies' symposium, November.

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