Paul Frijters is a Professor of Wellbeing Economics at the London School of Economics: from 2016-nov 2019 at the Center for Economic Performance, thereafter at the Department of Social Policy.

He completed his Masters in Econometrics at the University of Groningen, including a seven-month stay in Durban, South Africa before completing a PhD through the University of Amsterdam. He has also engaged in teaching and research at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, QUT, UQ, and now the LSE.

Professor Fritjers specializes in applied micro-econometrics, including labor, happiness, and health economics, though he has also worked on pure theoretical topics in macro and micro fields. His main area of interest is in analyzing how socio-economic variables affect the human life experience and the "unanswerable" economic mysteries in life.

Professor Frijters is a prominent research economist and has published over 150 papers in fields including unemployment policy, discrimination and economic development.

He was the Research Director of the Rumici Project, a project sponsored by the Australian Ministry of Foreign Aid (AusAid), and is also a co-editor of the journal, Economic Record. In 2009 he was voted Australia's best young economist under 40 by the Australian Economic Society.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2010.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 12720
published in: Behavioural Public Policy, 2020, 4(2), 126–165
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10683
Cameron K. Murray, Paul Frijters, Markus Schaffner
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9028
Cameron K. Murray, Paul Frijters
published in: Journal of Urban Economics, 2016, 93(C), 99-114
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9010
Cameron K. Murray, Paul Frijters, Melissa Vorster
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8843
published in: Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, 2015, vol. 114(C), 62-74
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5819
published as 'Does Childhood Predict Adult Life Satisfaction? Evidence from British Cohort Surveys' in: Economic Journal, 2014, 124 (580), F688-F719
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5157
published in: Oxford Economic Papers, 2013, vol. 65(1), 47-73
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4902
published in: Economic Record, 2012, 88, 116-136
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4025
forthcoming in: R&R Oxford bulletin of Economics and Statistics
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3604
published as 'Life Satisfaction Dynamics with Quarterly Life Event Data' in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2011, 113 (1), 190 - 211
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3537
published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2009, 1(3), 97–110
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2840
published in: Journal of Economic Literature, 2008, 46 (1), 95-144
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2219
revised version published in: Journal of The Royal Statistical Society Series A-Statistics In Society, 174 (1) 2011, 195-212
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2068
published in: The Economic Record, 82 (257) 2006, 207-224
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1488
revised version published as 'The Increasingly Mixed Proportional Hazard Model: An Application to Socioeconomic Status, Health Shocks, and Mortality' in: Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 2011, 29 (2), 271-281
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1407
published in: Economic Journal, 2006, 116 (508), 45-83
IZA Discussion Paper No. 923
published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2006, 108 (2); 317-337.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 902
published in: Economic Journal, 2005, 115 (507), F359-376
IZA Discussion Paper No. 498
published in: Canadian Journal of Economics, 2009, 42 (4), 1326 - 1346
IZA Discussion Paper No. 419
published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2004, 39 (3), 649-674