BEc(Hons) (Flinders), MSc(Econ) (London - LSE)

Professor MARK WOODEN is Professorial Research Fellow at, and Deputy Director of, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, the University of Melbourne. He is also Director of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey project, Australia's first large-scale household panel survey. His research focuses on the operation of labour markets, especially in Australia. While primarily an applied labour economist, his work touches and draws upon many other disciplines in the social sciences, including industrial relations, sociology, demography, and public health.

In his role as Director of the HILDA Survey he has also developed expertise in the design and administration of longitudinal surveys.

  • Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne (since 2000)
  • Deputy Director, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (2003 - 2010)
  • Director, HILDA Survey Project (since August 2000)
  • Co-editor, Australian Economic Review (2001 - 2010)
  • Australian Government Longitudinal Studies Advisory Group (since 2007)
  • Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth Strategic Advisory Committee (since 2007)
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Statistics Advisory Group (1997 - 2004)
  • Research Fellow, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (Institute of Labor Economics, or IZA), Bonn (since 2001)
  • Research Fellow, Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW), Berlin (since 2004
  • Fellow, Global Labor Organization (GLO) Network (since 2017)
  • Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), Bonn
  • Research Professor, Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW), Berlin
  • Distinguished alumni award, Flinders University, 2006


Hamermesh D, Buddelmeyer H, Wooden M. Forthcoming. The stress cost of children on moms and dads. European Economic Review. Available online, 3 January 2017. [doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2016.12.012]

Mooi-Reci I, Wooden M. 2017. Casual employment and long-term wage outcomes. Human Relations 70(9): 1064-1090. [doi:1177/0018726716686666]

McVicar D, Wooden M, Leung F, Li N. 2016. Work-related training and the probability of transitioning from non-standard to permanent employment. British Journal of Industrial Relations 54(3): 623-646. [doi:10.1111/bjir.12182]

Feddersen J, Metcalfe R, Wooden M. 2016. Subjective well-being: why weather matters. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society) 179(1): 203-228. [doi:10.1111/rssa.12118]

Wooden M, Bubonya M, Cobb-Clark D. 2016. Sickness absence and mental health: evidence from a nationally representative longitudinal survey. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health 42(3): 201-208. [doi:10.5271/sjweh.3553]

Buddelmeyer H, McVicar D, Mark Wooden. 2015. Non-standard “contingent” employment and job satisfaction: a panel data analysis. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society 54(2): 256-275. [doi:1111/irel.12090]

Powdthavee N, Wooden M. 2015. Life satisfaction and sexual minorities: evidence from Australia and the United Kingdom. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 116: 107-126. [doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2015.04.012]

Angrave D, Charlwood A, Wooden M. 2014. Working time and cigarette smoking: evidence from Australia and Great Britain. Social Science & Medicine 112: 72-79. [doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.04.031]

Watson N, Wooden M. 2014. Re-engaging with survey non-respondents: evidence from three household panels. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society) 77(2): 499-522. [doi:10.1111/rssa.12024]

Wilkins R, Wooden M. 2013. Gender differences in involuntary job loss: why are men more likely to lose their jobs?’ Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society 52(2): 582-608. [doi:1111/irel.12024]

Buddelmeyer H, Wooden M. 2011. Transitions out of casual employment: The Australian experience. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society 50(1): 109-130. [doi:10.1111/j.1468-232X.2010.00627.x]

Drago R, Wooden M, Black D. Who wants flexibility? changing work hours preferences and life events. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 62(3): 394-414 [doi:10.1177/001979390906200308]

Drago R, Wooden M, Black D. 2009. Long work hours: volunteers and conscripts. British Journal of Industrial Relations 47(3): 571-600. [doi:10.1111/j.1467-8543.2009.00717.x]

McGuinness S, Wooden M. 2009. Overskilling, job insecurity and career mobility: evidence from Australia. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society 48(2): 265-286. [doi:1111/j.1468-232X.2009.00557.x]

Shields M, Wheatley Price S, Wooden M. 2009. Life satisfaction and the economic and social characteristics of neighbourhoods. Journal of Population Economics 22(2), April, 421-443. [doi:10.1007/s00148-007-0146-7]

Watson N, Wooden M. 2009. Identifying factors affecting longitudinal survey response. In P Lynn (ed.), Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys (pp. 157-181). John Wiley and Sons: Chichester.

Wooden M, Warren D, Drago R. 2009. Working time mismatch and subjective well-being. British Journal of Industrial Relations 47(1): 147-179. [doi:10.1111/j.1467-8543.2008.00705.x]

Headey B, Muffels R, Wooden M. 2008. Money doesn’t buy happiness: or does it? A reassessment based on the combined effects of wealth, income and consumption. Social Indicators Research 87(1): 65-88. [doi:10.1007/s11205-007-9146-y]

Scutella R, Wooden M. 2008. The effects of household joblessness on mental health. Social Science & Medicine 67(1): 88-100. [doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.02.025]

Wooden M, Watson N. The HILDA Survey and its contribution to economic and social research (so far). The Economic Record 83(261): 208-231. [doi:1111/j.1475-4932.2007.00395.x]

Headey B, Marks G, Wooden M. 2005. The structure and distribution of household wealth in Australia. The Australian Economic Review 38(2): 159-175. [doi:1111/j.1467-8462.2005.00363.x]

Headey B, Wooden M. 2004. The effects of wealth and income on subjective well-being and ill-being. The Economic Record 80 (Special Issue): S24-S33. [doi:1111/j.1475-4932.2004.00181.x]

Wooden M. 2001. Union wage effects in the presence of enterprise bargaining. The Economic Record 77(236), March, 1-18. [doi:1111/1475-4932.00001]

Wooden M. 2000. The Transformation of Australian Industrial Relations. Federation Press: Sydney.

Wooden M, Hawke A. 2000. Unions and employment growth: panel data evidence. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society 39(1): 88-109. [doi:1111/0019-8676.0015410.1111/0019-8676.00154]

Bush R, Wooden M. 1995. Smoking and absence from work: Australian evidence. Social Science and Medicine 41(3): 437-446. [doi:10.1016/0277-9536(94)00350-3]

VandenHeuvel A, Wooden M. 1995. Do explanations of absence differ for men and women? Human Relations 48(11): 1309-1329. [doi:1177/001872679504801104]

Kennedy S, Drago R, Sloan J, Wooden M. 1994. The effect of trade unions on the provision of training: Australian evidence. British Journal of Industrial Relations 32(4): 565-580. [doi:1111/j.1467-8543.1994.tb01051.x]

Savery L, Wooden M. 1994. The relative influence of life-events and hassles on work-related injuries: some Australian evidence. Human Relations 47(3): 283-306. [doi:1177/001872679404700303]

Wooden M, Baker M. 1994. Trade unions and quits in Australia. Journal of Labor Research 15(4): 403-418. [doi:1007/BF02685706]

Drago R, Wooden M. 1992. The determinants of labour absence: economic factors and workgroup norms across countries. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 45(4): 764-778. [doi:2307/2524592]

Drago R, Wooden M, Sloan, J. 1992. Productive Relations? Australian Industrial Relations and Workplace Performance. Allen and Unwin: Sydney.

Drago R, Wooden M. 1991. The determinants of participatory management. British Journal of Industrial Relations 29(2): 177-204. [doi:1111/j.1467-8543.1991.tb00236.x]

Wooden M. 1991. The experience of refugees in the Australian labor market. International Migration Review 25(3): 514-535. [doi:2307/2546758]

Wooden M, Holton R, Hugo G, Sloan J. 1990. Australian Immigration: A Survey of the Issues. AGPS: Canberra.