Paul Frijters

  • Professor of Economics
  • University of Queensland



Paul Frijters is a Professor of Economics at the University of Queensland and an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University’s Research School of Social Sciences. He is also a Research Director of theRUMiCI project. The project monitors rural to urban migration in China and Indonesia. Paul holds a Ph.D. in welfare and well being in Russia from the University of Amsterdam. His Ph.D. thesis applies and extends psychological insights about the causes, definition and measurement of well being into economics. Paul has a wide range of research interests, specialising in happiness, labour market, health economics and econometrics. He is particularly interested in how socio-economic variables affect the human life experience and the ‘unanswerable’ economic mysteries in life. His recent research into rural-urban migration in China produced new evidence and a prediction that China would be the largest economy in the world within the next 10 years. In 2009, Paul was awarded the Economic Society of Australia’s Young Economist Award. Paul is also a contributor to the Club Troppo and Core Economics blogs.