Professor Tim Hatton

BA (Hons), PhD, University of Warwick (UK)
Professor of Economics
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Labour Economics 140211
  • Economic History 140203
  • Applied Economics 1402
  • Health Economics 140208
  • International Economics And International Finance 140210

Research interests

My downloadable papers are available at:

A full CV can be found at:

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Prof Tim Hatton’s research is in economic history and applied economics. He has published extensively on the economic history of labour markets, including unemployment, poverty and migration. His research interests include the causes and effects of international migration, and immigration and asylum policy. His books include Global Migration and the World Economy: Two Centuries of Policy and Performance (MIT Press, 2005), co-authored with Jeffrey G. Williamson, and Seeking Asylum in the OECD (CEPR, 2011) . In recent years he has published a series of papers on health and heights in Britain and Europe since the late nineteenth century and he is currently developing a project on immigration to Australia in the nineteenth century.

In addition to his emeritus appointment at the ANU, Tim Hatton is Professor of Economics at the University of Essex in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), and a Research Fellow of of the CEPR (London), CREaM (London) and the IZA (Bonn). Professor Hatton was founding editor of European Review of Economic History, published by Cambridge University Press (1994-8), President of the European Society for Population Economics (2010) and founding director of the ANU’s Centre for Economic History (2012-14). In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious ‘Clio Can’ by the Cliometric Society (US).


Researcher's projects

Recent Keynote Presentations/Public Lectures:

  • “Refugees and Asylum Seekers: The Crisis in Europe and the Future of Policy,” Keynote Lecture, Lund Population Day, Lund University (20th September 2018).
  • “Immigration in Europe: Public Opinion and Policy,” Keynote Lecture, AIEL-INPS workshop on Immigration: Challenges and Opportunities (Rome 27th June, 2018).
  • “Heights and Health since 1870: The Long and the Short of it,” Plenary Lecture, Economic History Society Conference, Royal Holloway University (31 March 2017).
  •  “American Immigration Policy: The 1965 Act and its Consequences” at NORFACE  Migration Network Conference on "Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers", University College London (10-13 April 2013).
  • “The Slump and Immigration Policy in Europe,” at the IMISCOE Annual Conference on “Crisis and Migration: Perceptions, Challenges and Consequences,” Malmö University (August 26-27 2013).
  • “The Economics of International Migration: A Short History of the Debate” at European Association of Labour Economists annual conference Memorial Session, University of Turin (19-21 September 2013)
  •  “The Slump and Immigration Policy in Europe,” at the 3rd Conference on Immigration in OECD Countries,” OECD Paris (6 December 2013).
  •  “The Slump and Immigration Policy in Europe,” University of East Anglia, Contemporary Economic Issues series (10 February 2014).
  • “The Slump and Immigration Policy in Europe,” University of Nottingham, Globalisation and Economic Policy series (12 March 2014). 
  • “Refugees and Asylum Seekers, the Crisis in Europe and the Future of Policy,” International Migration Institute, 10th Anniversary, Oxford (13 January 2016).
  • “Refugees and Asylum Seekers, the Crisis in Europe and the Future of Policy,” at fRDB and IGIER-Bocconi joint conference on Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Policies (22 April 2016).
  • “Refugees and Asylum Seekers, the Crisis in Europe and the Future of Policy,” at Noise from America, European University Institute (12 June 2016).
  • “The Migration Crisis and Refugee Policy in Europe” Giblin Lecture, University of Tasmania (15th September, 2016).

 Recent Research Grants: 

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Award 2014-17 for research on Height, BMI and Demographic changes in the Asian Giants (with X Meng and D Suryadarma).
  • Norface Research Program 2009-2012; “Temporary migration, Integration and the Role of Policies” (TEMPO)—Team Member for CEPR. 
  • EU FPVII 2008: “Politics, Economics and Global Governance: The European Dimensions” (PEGGED)—Team member for CEPR.
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Award for research on The Consequences for Australia of Global Demographic Change (With R. Tyers (principal), S. Khoo, R. Duncan, M. Tani, Q. Shi)
  • British Academy Research Readership for two years (2002-3) for research on “International Migration and the British Economy since 1950,” 2001. 


Projects and Grants

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