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Paul Frijters

Paul Frijters completed his Masters in Econometrics at the University of Groningen, including a seven-month stay in Durban, South Africa, before completing his PhD at the University of Amsterdam into wellbeing in Russia during the transition.

He is Professor in Wellbeing Economics at the LSE, the London School of Economics and Political Science, teaching the Masters Course in Wellbeing and Public Policy. Paul Frijters specializes in applied micro-econornetrics, including labor, happiness and health economics, though he has also worked on pure theoretical topics in macro and micro fields.

He advises the UK government and others on how to implement wellbeing policies at the national and regional level.

Before joining the LSE, he was the Research Director of the Rumici Project, an international project into the migration from the countryside to the cities in China and Indonesia, sponsored by ministries, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation and others, tracking 20’000 individuals for many years. In 2009 he was voted Australia’s best economist under 40 by the Australian Economic Society.

Paul Frijters publishes regularly in top 50 economics journals as weil as in inter-disciplinary outlets and handbooks. He has (co-) authored around 150 papers, 6 books and is in the top 1% of cited economists.

He is interested in all aspects of social science, particularly wellbeing and public policy. He has in the past worked as health economist, labour economist, specialist on the economics of China and econometrician. He does lab experiments, field experiments, big data analyses, simulation modelling, macro-modelling, econometric theory and field work.