Donald O. Parsons

Donald O. Parsons

Title:
Professor of Economics
Office:
368
Address: Monroe Hall
2115 G St., NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Phone: 202-994-3954
Email:
dopars@gwu.edu

Areas of Expertise

Labor economics, social insurance

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Background

Donald Parsons is Professor of Economics, and Director of the Department's Research Program in Labor and Social Insurance. Parsons received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1970. He came to The George Washington University in January 1998, and served as Department chair from 2003 to 2006. He previously served as professor of economics at the Ohio State University, and has held appointments at the University of Siena (Italy) as Fulbright professor (1991); Centre for Socio-legal Studies (Wolfson College, Oxford University) as visiting scholar (1993), Copenhagen Business School as visiting professor (1998); and Soong Sil University as distinguished foreign scholar, Brain Korea 21 Project, 2001. He joined IZA (Institute for Labor Studies) Bonn as a research fellow in July 2006.

Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Publications

Parsons has published articles in a number of leading economics journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Economica. His primary professional interests are in the areas of labor economics and social insurance design. Although he has undertaken research on a variety of human resource topics, including the economics of intergenerational wealth transfers, trade union behavior, and minimum wages, he has focused on the economics of employment contracting, especially job training, wage policy and worker turnover, and retirement policies. He has also written extensively on the social security disability system, considering both its impact on labor markets and its optimal design. His current work centers on the foundations of the U.S. "unemployment insurance" system, including private severance pay plans.

Classes Taught

Econ 101: Intermediate Undergraduate Microeconomics (with calculus) 
Econ 198: Capstone Research Course for Economics Majors 
Econ 341: Graduate Labor Economics I 
Econ 342: Graduate Labor Economics II