Leading health economist Professor Paul Frijters
Leading health economist Professor Paul Frijters
8 March 2010

The School of Economics is pleased to announce the appointment of a new staff member, Professor Paul Frijters.

Professor Frijters 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 and QUT.

Professor Fritjers specialises in applied micro-econometrics, including health economics. His main area of interest is in analysing how socio-economic variables affect the human life experience and the "unanswerable" economic mysteries in life.

Professor Fritjers is a prominent research economist and has published over 50 papers in fields including unemployment policy, discrimination and economic development.

He is the Research Director of the Rumici Project, a project sponsored by the Australian Ministry of Foreign Aid (AusAid) and is also an editor of the journal, Economic Record.

Head of the School of Economics Professor Flavio Menezes welcomed Paul to the school.

"I am delighted that someone of Paul’s calibre has decided to join the School of Economics. It is a further demonstration of our commitment to become one of the top 50 departments of economics in the world.

“Professor Frijters is one of Australia's leading young health economists. He also works in labour economics, applied econometrics and has published top journals in all three areas. He is a recipient of the Young Economist Award, an award that is presented by the Economic Society of Australia to honour distinguished Australian economists for their contribution to the development of economics."

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