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Merve Özer

Visiting Study Fellow

Merve Özer is a PhD candidate at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), Maastricht University, Netherlands. Her dissertation is on reasons and consequences of migration, particularly on behavioural aspects of migration decision and destination choice and on long-run effects of migration on socioeconomic outcomes.

She completed her bachelor’s degree in Economics at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She holds an MSc in Economics from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and an MSc in Demography from Institute of Population Studies, Hacettepe University, Turkey. She wrote her theses on economic consequences of Turkey’s demographic transition and predictors of female working life expectancy in Turkey. Before her doctoral studies, she worked as a junior researcher in Political and Economic Research Laboratory, Atılım University, Turkey, where she conducted research on labor market transitions, self-employment, and short-time working.

Her research interests include migration psychology – the role of traits, preferences, and expectations on migration decision – ethnic concentration in neighborhoods and its relationship with long-term socioeconomic outcomes, and determinants and consequences of high-skilled migration. Her current research focuses on how policies implemented to attract skilled immigrants to OECD countries affect alternative destinations’ attractiveness.         

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