Michael Fletcher is an economist with extensive experience as a researcher, academic and policy advisor specialising in welfare and social assistance policy, employment and employment relations, child poverty, child support and the financial consequences of marital separation. He has published numerous articles on these topics in New Zealand and internationally.
As a policy advisor Michael has worked for the Ministry of Social Development, the Department of Labour (now part of MBIE), the Families Commission and as a consultant to the Treasury, Te Puni Kōkiri and other departments.
Dr Fletcher is currently employed as Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. Since 2015, Michael has been the New Zealand Correspondent for the Munich-based Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.