Ceren Ozgen

Research Fellow

University of Birmingham

Ceren Ozgen is a Marie-Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the Department of Economics and IRiS, University of Birmingham, UK since September 2016. She received her PhD degree from the Department of Spatial Economics, VU University Amsterdam. Her PhD thesis is entitled ‘Impacts of Immigration and Cultural Diversity on Innovation and Economic Growth’ and utilizes rich micro-data sets and administrative data from Netherlands/Europe for a wide range of econometric modelling applications. She has written extensively on the labor market impacts of international migration, cultural diversity and firm innovation. Her research interests include labor and demographic economics, international migration, innovation, applied microeconomics and urban theory. In 2011 she has been a visiting researcher at University of Waikato, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (New Zealand). She has worked as a researcher in various international projects financed by the World Bank, European Commission, the US National Science Foundation, OECD and the Institute for International Urban Development. In line with the Marie-Sklodowska Curie Grant (European Commission) she was awarded in 2016 her recent research focuses on skills mismatch and labour market impacts of overeducation. She is a member of the Dutch Regional Science Association, European Regional Science Association (ERSA), and Tinbergen Institute Alumni.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2014.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10734

Persistence of high youth unemployment and dismal labour market outcomes are imminent concerns for most European economies. The relationship between demographic ageing and employment outcomes is even more worrying once the relationship is scrutinized at the regional level. We focus on modelling regional heterogeneity. We argue that an average impact...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7129
published online in: Papers in Regional Science, 2015, Online

To investigate econometrically whether cultural diversity of a firm's employees boosts innovation, we create a unique linked employer‐employee dataset that combines data from two innovation surveys in The Netherlands with administrative and tax data. We calculate three distinct measures of diversity. We find that firms that employ fewer foreign workers...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6000
published in: IZA Journal of Migration 2013, 2:18

Due to the growth in international migration in recent decades, the workforce of firms in host countries has become considerably more diverse, both demographically and culturally. It is an important question for firms and for governments to ask whether there are some productivity-enhancing externalities gained from this growing diversity within...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5676
published in: P. Nijkamp, J. Poot J and M. Sahin (eds.) Migration Impact Assessment: New Horizons, Edward Elgar, 2012

The concentration of people with diverse socio-cultural backgrounds in particular geographic areas may boost the creation of new ideas, knowledge spillovers, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. In this paper we measure the impact of the size, skills, and diversity of immigration on the innovativeness of host regions. For this purpose we...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4522
published in: Papers in Regional Science, 2010, 89 (3), 537-561

We compare a set of econometric studies that measure the effect of net internal migration in neoclassical models of long-run real income convergence and derive 67 comparable effect sizes. The precision-weighted estimate of beta convergence is about 2.7%. An increase in the net migration rate of a region by one...