Odelia Heizler (Cohen) received her Ph.D. in Economics from Bar Ilan University, Israel, in 2008. She then joined to the Hebrew University as a postdoctoral research fellow, and currently she serves as a faculty member in Tel-Aviv –Yaffo Academic College. Her research focuses on various aspects of the economics of family and migration such as social networks, illegal immigration, migration policy and intergenerational transfer. Her research focus is related to works in sociology and psychology, incorporating results from these literatures into economic models. As a parent of three toddlers, Odelia explores the relationship between children's age- gap and their parent's social networks.
She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in June 2009.