Federation Business School

Dr Margaret McKenzie

Position:Honorary Research Fellow


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Margaret currently holds the position of Economist at the Australian Council of Trade Unions, commencing in 2015. Her role includes preparing the ACTU’s submission to the Fair Work Commission’s Annual Wage Review which decides the National Minimum Wage. Previously she was lecturer in economics at Deakin University and has taught and researched at other universities in Australia and the UK. She worked in economic policy areas in the Australian public service including at the ACCC for nearly ten years. She holds PhD and MSc qualifications in Economics from Birkbeck, University of London. Her initial qualification was a BA (hons) in anthropology from Monash which has stood her in good stead. Her research interests are predominantly in areas of market failure and economic policy, with an empirical focus. These are wide, and include the economic role of government, privatisation, industry, trade policy, macroeconomics, development, applied econometrics, and labour economics. She has presented widely in the media.


  • BA (hons) Monash
  • MSc (Econ) London, Birkbeck
  • PhD London, Birkbeck

Teaching areas

I have extensive teaching experience across most areas of economics at all tertiary levels, and to union organisers. I enjoy it all

Professional memberships and associations

  • Economic Society of Australia (Vic)
  • Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia

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Dr Margaret McKenzie's CV