Chris Parsons is an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia.

Chris holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham where he also received an MSc in Economics and Development Economics.

Prior to joining UWA, Chris was a Research Officer at the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford, an Economist at HM Treasury, a Research Officer at the Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty at the University of Sussex and as an Economic Advisor and ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Sierra Leone.

Chris has consulted for the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the British Government.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in January 2015 and became a Research Fellow in July 2017.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11137

In 2013, the Government of Indonesia conducted one of the largest information interventions in histo-ry, in an attempt to further alleviate poverty and as a complement to the Social Protection Card (KPS). Drawing upon administrative data and nationally representative surveys, we evaluate the impact of the information campaign on the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10968

Combining nationally representative administrative and survey data with official proxy means testing models and coefficients, we evaluate Indonesia's three largest social programs. The setting for our evaluation is the launch of Indonesia's Unified Targeting system, an innovation developed to reduce targeting errors and increase program complementarities. Introducing a new method...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10328
forthcoming in: Journal of Economic Perspectives

The global distribution of talent is highly skewed and the resources available to countries to develop and utilize their best and brightest vary substantially. The migration of skilled workers across countries tilts the deck even further. Using newly available data, we first review the landscape of global talent mobility, which...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10272

Emigration first increases before decreasing with economic development. This bell-shaped relationship between emigration and development was first hypothesized by the theory of the mobility transition (Zelinsky, 1971). Although several mechanisms have been proposed to explain the upward segment of the curve (the most common being the existence of financial constraints),...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10113

Under apartheid, black South Africans were severely restricted in their choice of location and many were forced to live in homelands. Following the abolition of apartheid they were free to migrate. Given gravity, a town nearer to the homelands can be expected to receive a larger inflow of people than...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10112
forthcoming in: Economic Journal

We provide evidence for the causal pro-trade effect of migrants and in doing so establish an important link between migrant networks and long-run economic development. To this end, we exploit a unique event in human history, i.e. the exodus of the Vietnamese Boat People to the US. This episode represents...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8747
published in World Economy 2015, 39 (4), 478–495

We exploit the bilateral and skill dimensions from recent data sets of international migration to test for the existence of Zipf's and Gibrat's Laws in the context of aggregate and high-skilled international immigration and emigration using graphical, parametric and non-parametric analysis. The top tails of the distributions of aggregate and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8746
published in: World Development, 2015, 65, 6–26

Discussions of high-skilled mobility typically evoke migration patterns from poorer to wealthier countries, which ignore movements to and between developing countries. This paper presents, for the first time, a global overview of human capital mobility through bilateral migration stocks by gender and education in 1990 and 2000, and calculation of...