Donald O. Parsons

George Washington University, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, George Washington University, USA

Research interest

Labor economics, social insurance

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Fellow at Global Labor Organization and Public Policy Scholar at George Washington Institute for Public Policy

Past positions

Professor of Economics, Ohio State University, USA (1977–1995); Associate Professor, Ohio State University, USA (1973–1977)


PhD Economics, University of Chicago, 1970

Selected publications

  • "Job displacement insurance." In: Wright, J. (ed.). International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition. Oxford: Elsevier, 2015.

  • "Understanding severance pay." Spanish Journal of Economics and Finance 36:106 (2013): 155–165.

  • "Mandated severance pay and firing cost distortions: A critical review of the evidence." In: Holzmann, R., and M. Vodopivec (eds). Reforming Severance Pay: An International Perspective. Washington, DC: World Bank, 2012; pp.121–157.

  • "Wage insurance: A policy review." Research in Employment Policy 2 (2000): 119–140.

  • "The employment relationship: Job attachment, work effort, and the nature of contracts." In: Ashenfelter, O., and R. Layard (eds). Handbook of Labor Economics, Vol. II. Amsterdam: North Holland Press, 1986; pp. 789–848.