After studying economics in undergraduate at Koç University (Turkey) and obtaining her Master degree in mathematical economics at Toulouse School of Economics (France), Mehtap Akguc obtained her Doctoral degree in economics in 2013 from Toulouse School of Economics, France. During her Doctoral studies, Mehtap also obtained the European Diploma in Advanced Quantitative Economics (equivalent to an MPhil). Her main research interests lie in the field of empirical labour and development economics using both macro and micro level data from various countries and regions (e.g. France, China, Europe, cross-country etc.). In particular, she is interested in studying issues related to migration, economic development, growth, labour market institutions and inequality with an emphasis on educational attainment and human capital. Before joining CEPS, Mehtap worked at the Institute for Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany as a Resident Research Affiliate from 2012 to 2014. Previously, she also worked as a consultant for the World Bank (Washington, D.C.), where she collaborated with the economist team from the Sustainable Development Network as well as the Development Research Group.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 9347
published in: China Economic Review, 2016, 37, 166 - 176

To contribute to a scarce literature, in particular for developing and emerging economies, we study the nature of measured risk attitudes and their consequences for migration. We also investigate whether substantial changes in the risk environment influences risk tolerance. Using the 2009 RUMiC data for China, we find that rural-urban...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8925

Using a recent survey of immigrants to France, we provide a detailed analysis of the educational attainment and labor market performance of various sub-population groups in France. Our results indicate that immigrants to France are less educated than the native born and that these differences can be tracked down to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8689

We study the labor market outcomes of males aged 18-60 obtaining an urban hukou as a result of land expropriation across a number of provinces in China. Using 2008 and 2009 RUMiC data pooling urban, rural and migrant samples, we find that those obtaining an urban hukou have better labour...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7860
published in: IZA Journal of Labor & Development, 2014, 3:5, [Open Access]

This paper describes the Longitudinal Survey on Rural Urban Migration in China (RUMiC), a unique data source in terms of spatial coverage and panel dimension for research on labor markets in China. The survey is a collaboration project between the Australian National University, Beijing Normal University and the Institute for...

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