Abdurrahman B. Aydemir is a professor of economics at Sabancı University. He is also a Research Fellow in CReAM. Formerly, he held a senior economist position at Statistics Canada (2002-2007), and was a research associate at the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (2001-2002). He received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario in 2003.

His research focuses on immigration, education, and intergenerational mobility. His current research is on the evolution and impact of immigrant social networks, labor market consequences of immigration, and the effects of compulsory schooling law changes. Among other journals, he published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the European Economics Association, European Economic Review, Canadian Journal of Economics, and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2010.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11164

This paper provides two contributions to the study of intergenerational mobility. First, we render a thorough characterization of education mobility in Turkey at the national level, including a three-generation mobility analysis. We find that the education mobility is significantly lower in Turkey compared to developed economies. Second, by exploiting large...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9274
forthcoming in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics

In this paper, we estimate the returns on schooling for young men and women in Turkey using the exogenous and substantial variation in schooling across birth-cohorts brought about by the 1997 reform of compulsory schooling. We estimate that among 18- to 26-year-olds, the return from an extra year of schooling...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7161
published in: European Economic Review, 2017, 98, 282-315

This paper examines the employment effects of a large burst of immigration – the politically-driven exodus of ethnic Turks from Bulgaria into Turkey in 1989. In some locations, the rise in the labor force due to this inflow of repatriates was 5 to 10 percent. A key feature of our...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6433
published in: Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann (eds.), International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Edward Elgar 2013, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, USA, Chapter 23, 432-452

Attracting skilled immigrants is emerging as an important policy goal for immigrant receiving countries. This article first discusses the economic rationale for immigrant selection. Selection mechanisms of receiving countries are reviewed in the context of deteriorating labor market outcomes for immigrants across destination countries which fuels the debate on selection....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4966
published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2011, 24 (2), 451-475

This paper studies the efficacy of immigrant selection based on skill requirements in the Canadian context. The point system results in a much higher skill level than would otherwise be achieved by family preferences. This positive selection is achieved by directly selecting higher skilled principal applicants who are assessed by...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3759
published in: Canadian Public Policy, 2013, 39 (S1), S107-S122

We analyze the intergenerational education mobility of Canadian men and women born to immigrants. A detailed portrait of Canadians is offered, as are estimates of the degree of generational mobility among the children of immigrants. Persistence in the years of schooling across the generations is rather weak between immigrants and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2298
Published as: Aydemir, Abdurrahman and Arthur Sweetman. 2008. "First and Second Generation Immigrant Educational Attainment and Labor Market Outcomes: A Comparison of the United States and Canada". Research in Labor Economics 27: 215-70.

The educational and labor market outcomes of the first, first-and-a-half, second and third generations of immigrants to the United States and Canada are compared. These countries’ immigration flows have large differences in source countries, scale and timing, and Canada has a much larger policy emphasis on skilled workers. Following from...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2085
published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2009, 91 (2), 377 - 397

We analyze the intergenerational income mobility of Canadians born to immigrants using the 2001 Census. A detailed portrait of the Canadian population is offered as are estimates of the degree of generational mobility among the children of immigrants from 70 countries. The degree of persistence as estimated in regression to...