Professor Tim Hatton

Tim Hatton


Research School of Economics

Director of the Centre for Economic History
Phone number
+61 2 612 53368
Room 2082, Copland Bld (24)
Research areas

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 projects on immigration to Australia 1860-1913. 


Tim Hatton is Director of the Centre for Economic History at the RSE and 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 holder of the Cliometric Society ‘Clio Can’ (2012).


Research publications

Research grants and awards

  • 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.