Dr Martin Wall, bA, MSc, PhD.

Martin Wall is an economist and econometrician specialising in the analysis of the social, economic and environmental determinants of behaviour associated with poor health outcomes.  At SHORE his work has focused on identifying and evaluating effective policy options to address these issues:

  • He has worked extensively on alcohol related behaviour particularly on how it is affected by price policies such as taxation or minimum pricing
  • Another strand of work identifies groups of particular risk of harm from alcohol consumption.
  • He has also helped review and analyse the New Zealand Government’s tobacco control services and recommended ways to make them more effective.
  • He has investigated the impact of gambling on communities through use of area level indicators such as proximity to gaming venues, levels of crime, truancy and debt.
  • He has designed, implemented, analysed and reported on surveys of landlords and renters in New Zealand’s private sector to understand their motivations, constraints and characteristics.
  • In terms of costs of illness he has estimated the burden of alcohol related disease on New Zealand’s pacific population.

Much of his work takes advantage of the use of surveys collected at SHORE and the large administrative datasets that are becoming increasingly available as well as techniques such as multilevel modelling and GIS.

email: m.wall@massey.ac.nz

selected journal articles

Martin Wall, M., & Casswell, S. (2017). Drinker Types, Harm, and Policy-Related Variables: Results from the 2011 International Alcohol Control Study in New Zealand. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, published online April DOI: 10.1111/acer.13372A406

Wall, M., Casswell, C., & Yeh, L.-C. (2017). Purchases by heavier drinking young people concentrated in lower priced beverages – implications for policy. Drug and Alcohol Review, published online 14 March, doi: 10.1111/dar.12495 [Abstract]. A403

Casswell, S., Huckle, T., Wall, M., & Parker, K. (2016). Policy relevant behaviours mediate the relationship between socio-economic status and alcohol consumption – analysis from the International Alcohol Control (IAC) study. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(2), 385-392. A375

Casswell, S., Huckle, T., Wall, M., & Yeh, L.-C. (2014). International Alcohol Control study: pricing data and hours of purchase predict heavier drinking. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, 38(5):1425-31. [Abstract] A334

Wall, M., & Casswell, S. (2013). Affordability of alcohol as a key driver of alcohol demand in New Zealand: a cointegration analysis. Addiction, 108(1), 72-79. A311

Casswell, S., Meier, P., MacKintosh, A.-M., Brown, A., Hastings, G., Thamarangsi, T., Chaiyasong, S., Chun, S., Huckle, T., Wall, M., You, R. (2012). The International Alcohol Control Study (IAC) – evaluating the impact of alcohol policies. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, Article first published online: 8 MAR 2012, DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2012.01738.x.  A302

Phillips, G., Renton, A., Moore, D. G., Bottomley, C., Schmidt, E., Lais, S., Yu, G., Wall, M., Tobi, P., Frostick, C., Clow, A., Lock, K., Petticrew, M. & Hayes, R. (2012). The Well London program - a cluster randomized trial of community engagement for improving health behaviors and mental wellbeing: baseline survey results. [Article]. Trials, 13. doi: 10510.1186/1745-6215-13-105

Wall, M., Schmidt, E., Sarang, A., Atun, R., & Renton, A. (2011). Sex, drugs and economic behaviour in Russia: a study of socio-economic characteristics of high risk populations.International Journal of Drug Policy, 22(2). 133-139. [Abstract]

Tkatchenko-Schmidt, E., Atun, R., Wall, M., Tobi, P., Schmidt, J., & Renton, A. (2010). Why do health systems matter? Exploring links between health systems and HIV response: a case study from Russia. Health Policy and Planning, 25(4). 283-291. [Abstract]

Millett, C., Gray, J., Wall, M. & Majeed, A. (2009). Ethnic Disparities in Coronary Heart Disease Management and Pay for Performance in the UK. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 24(1). 8-13. [Full text]

Wall, M., Hayes, R., Moore, D., Petticrew, M., Clow, A., Schmidt, E., Draper, A., Lock, K., Lynch, R. & Renton, A. (2009). Evaluation of community level interventions to address social and structural determinants of health: a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 9(11). 207-. [Full text]

Wall, M. & Johnston, D. (2008). Counting Heads or Counting Televisions: Can Asset-based Measures of Welfare Assist Policy-makers in Russia? Journal of Human Development, 9(1). 131-147. [Abstract]