Sinem Ayhan received her PhD in Economics from Bologna University in July 2014. Before starting her PhD she worked as an expert in the Undersecretariat of Treasury in Turkey for five years. Her research interests include labor economics, particularly family and gender economics, and policy evaluation.

Sinem was a research associate at IZA from December 2014 until October 2017 and Managing Editor of the IZA Journal of Labor Economics. Sinem Ayhan became a Research Fellow in November 2017.

Since November 2017 she is employed as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Münster.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10982

This paper provides evidence on the impacts of non-cognitive skills and attitudes towards risk on the decision to migrate from rural to urban areas. Our analysis is based on a unique four-wave panel of Ukrainian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey for the period between 2003 and 2012. Adopting the Five Factor Model...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10411
revised version is published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2018. [Journal link]

This study is the first to provide a causal estimate of the subjective well-being effects of spousal unemployment at the couple level. Using German panel data on married and cohabiting partners for 1991-2013 and information on exogenous job termination induced by workplace closure, we show that spousal unemployment reduces the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9551

This study contributes to the ongoing debate about welfare dependency centered on the western societies through an empirical analysis, within the context of a developing country. It examines state dependence in social assistance benefit receipt using longitudinal data from Turkey, where benefit receipt and persistence rates have witnessed a significant...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8937
revised version is published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2016, 1-24. [Journal link]

This paper contributes to the research on interdependencies in spousal labor supply by analyzing labor supply response of married women to their husbands' job losses ("added worker effect"). It empirically tests the hypothesis of added worker effect relying on a case study on Turkey during the global economic crisis of...