Aysit Tansel is a professor of Economics at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. She received her BS from Middle East Technical University with high honors, her MA from University of Minnesota and her Ph.D. from State University of New York. She was a Fulbright Fellow at the Cornell University during 2011-2012.She was a research fellow at the Yale University during 1990-1993. She is also a research fellow of the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo. Her main area of interest is labor economics with a focus on economics of education, empirical models of economic growth with emphasis on health and education and educational inequalities and gender gap in education and economic growth, returns to education, private tutoring, economics of gender, labor force participation and unemployment. Examples of her publications are “Job Satisfaction in Britain: Individual and Job Related Factors” (joint with Ş. Gazioğlu), Applied Economics(2006); “Brain Drain from Turkey: An Investigation of Students’ Return Intention” (joint with N. D. Güngör)Applied Economics (2008); "Determinants of Schooling Attainment for Boys and Girls in Turkey: Individual, Household and Community Factors", Economics of Education Review (2002); "Wage and Labor Supply Effects of Illness in Cote d’lvoire and Ghana: Instrumental Variables Estimates for Days Disabled" (joint with T.P. Schultz) Journal of Development Economics (1997); "Schooling Attainment, Parental Education and Gender in Cote d’lvoire and Ghana", Economic Development and Cultural Change (1997); “Hazard Analysis of Unemployment Duration by Gender in a Developing Country: The Case of Turkey” (joint with M.Taşçı). Labour: Review of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations (2010);

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2004.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11238
Ayşe Abbasoğlu Özgören, Banu Ergöçmen, Aysit Tansel

The relationship between fertility and employment among women is a challenging topic that requires further exploration, especially for developing countries where the micro and macro evidence fails to paint a clear picture. This study analyzes the two-way relationship between women's employment and fertility in Turkey using a hazard approach with...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11210
Aysit Tansel, Halil Ibrahim Keskin

The strong relationship between various health indicators and education is widely documented. However, the studies that investigate the nature of causality between these variables became available only recently and provide evidence mostly from developed countries. We add to this literature by studying the causal effect of education on days hospitalized...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11173
Frédéric Docquier, Aysit Tansel, Riccardo Turati

This paper empirically investigates whether emigrants from MENA countries self-select on cultural traits such as religiosity and gender-egalitarian attitudes. To do so, we use Gallup World Poll data on individual opinions and beliefs, migration aspirations, short-run migration plans, and preferred destination choices. We find that individuals who intend to emigrate...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11053
Luis A. Gil-Alana, Zeynel Abidin Ozdemir, Aysit Tansel

In this paper we have examined the unemployment rate series in Turkey by using long memory models and in particular employing fractionally integrated techniques. Our results suggest that unemployment in Turkey is highly persistent, with orders of integration equal to or higher than 1 in most cases. This implies lack...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10915

This paper analyzes the drivers of wage differences among college graduates who hold a degree in a different field of study. We focus on Turkey, an emerging country that is characterized by a sustained expansion of higher education. We estimate conditional wage gaps by field of study using OLS regressions....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10491
Deniz Karaoğlan, Aysit Tansel

This study investigates the factors that may influence the obesity in Turkey which is a developing country by implementing Quantile Regression (QR) methodology. The control factors that we consider are education, labor market outcomes, household income, age, gender, region and marital status. The analysis is conducted by using the 2008,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10178

This article explores the long-run relationship between unemployment rate and labor force participation rate in Canada. The cointegration analysis vindicates the existence of a long-run relationship between these two variables. This finding leads us to doubt the pertinence of the unemployment invariance hypothesis for Canada. This is consistent with the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10020
Aysit Tansel, Deniz Karaoğlan

This study provides causal effect of education on health behaviors in Turkey which is a middle income developing country. Health Survey of the Turkish Statistical Institute for the years 2008, 2010 and 2012 are used. The health behaviors considered are smoking, alcohol consumption, fruit and vegetable consumption, exercising and one...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9590

This paper aims to provide information on intergenerational educational mobility in Turkey over the last century (at least over the last 65 years). This is the first study explicitly on providing the association between parents' and children's education in Turkey over time unlike the previous studies of one point in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9359
Aysit Tansel, Halil Ibrahim Keskin, Zeynel Abidin Ozdemir

This paper considers the private sector wage earners in Egypt and examine their wage distribution during 1998-2012 using Egyptian Labor Market Panel Survey. We first estimate Mincer wage equations both at the mean and at different quantiles of the wage distribution taking into account observable characteristics. Then we make use...