Ceren Ozgen

Ceren Ozgen

The Department of Economics
Associate Professor in Economics

Contact details

Department of Economics
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Ceren Ozgen is an applied economist and she works at the intersection of labour and urban economics.  She has published extensively on impact of cultural diversity, international migration and firm innovation. Her recent research focuses on technological change and robotisation, skills mismatch and environmental pollution.

She is the UoB director of University of Birmingham - VU Amsterdam Big Data and Economics Research Network (BVRN). The BVRN is a network of academics at the University of Birmingham and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam undertaking data-driven economic analyses of urban, environment, labour and migration-related topics.

Together with her colleagues, she has been awarded an ESRC/UKRI grant£1,402,000 (2022) for the Diversity and UK Firm Performance project. 

Feedback and office hours

Feedback and office hours

Please email me at  c.ozgen@bham.ac.uk

Date   From  To Media 
 Wednesday   15:30  17:00 on Zoom
Friday 15:00 16:30 on Zoom



PhD Economics. VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

MA Economics. University of Trento, (Italy).


Ceren has held the following research positions:

  • 2022-            Associate Professor, Department of Economics
  • 2019-2022, Lecturer, Department of Economics
  • 2016-2019, Marie-Sklodowska Curie Fellow, Department of Economics and IRiS, University of Birmingham
  • 2015-2016, Postdoc researcher, Department of Spatial Economics, VU University Amsterdam
  • 2014-2015, Postdoc researcher, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute Florence
  • Spring 2011, Visiting fellow, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato, New Zealand


  • Econometrics – Bachelor level

Postgraduate supervision

  • Hiromi Yumoto (2019 – present): Fully funded by the Japanese Government and World Bank
  • Wenjing Kuai (2018 – 2021): Fully funded by the Chinese Government and the University of Birmingham


Labour economics: Labour market impacts of international migration and cultural diversity, skills mismatch and technological change,innovation, human capital and knowledge spillovers, economics of population, migration policy.

Urban economics: Urban theory, economic geography, BIG data, regional development policies. 

Other activities


Policy and Press Coverage

  • The Times, 14 July 2020, “Air pollution found to raise Covid death risk”
  • The Guardian, 13 July 2020, “Compelling evidence air pollution worsens coronavirus – study”
    • The Conversation, 13 July 2020 “Air pollution exposure linked to higher COVID-19 cases and deaths – new study”
    • “Immigration and Firm Innovation in Western-Europe: Understanding the Channels of Influence”, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence. Policy Brief, No. 2015/01.
    • Contributed to “Meer innovatie door buitenlanders?! (More innovation by foreigners?!)”, Report by Dr. Y.M. Prince, released by Panteia Netherlands (an organization for policy research & consultancy) in 2012.
    • Evidence Briefing on Immigration and innovation in European regions prepared for the UK’s ESRC to be presented to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 2011. 
    • Research covered in The Wall Street Journal Blogs (Real Time Economics) titled “McDonald’s Economics”, May 12th, 2011
    • Research report on "Migration Impact Assessment: An Overview, Tentative Findings and a Framework", Commissioned by FORUM (Utrecht), 2009, (together with Peter Nijkamp, Tüzin Baycan-Levent, Masood Gheasi, Simonetta Longhi, Enno Masurel, Jacques Poot, Mediha Sahin).

Keynotes, Research councils and Advisory committees

  • Invited speaker for Battle of Ideas 2019, “Migration and Depopulation in Twenty-First-Century Europe” Session, Birmingham.
  • Invited speaker for Keynote Session at 11th IMISCOE Conference, Immigration, Social Cohesion & Social Innovation, Madrid 2014.
  • A framework study Economic Impacts of Diversity: Innovation, Productivity, Welfare, conducted in collaboration with OECD-International Migration Division, 2019.
  • External reviewer for Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), doctoral funding scheme PRIDE 2019.
  • External reviewer for annual BSF competition for research grants, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, 2018.
  • External reviewer for Singapore Ministry of Education Social Science Research Thematic Grants, 2017.
  • External reviewer for Social Sciences and Humanities Section, Research Council of Canada for Insight Grants, 2014.
  • Advisory group member and External reviewer for Council of Europe, Directorate of Democratic Governance, Culture and Diversity, 2014.


Highlight publications

Acemoglu, D, Koster, HRA & Ozgen, C 2023 'Robots and Workers: Evidence from the Netherlands' NBER working paper series, no. 31009, National Bureau of Economic Research. https://doi.org/10.3386/w31009

Koster, HRA & Ozgen, C 2021, 'Cities and tasks', Journal of Urban Economics, vol. 126, 103386. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jue.2021.103386

Recent publications


Lui-Farrer, G, Green, A, Ozgen, C & Cole, M 2023, 'Immigration and labor shortages: learning from Japan and the United Kingdom', Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/01171968231188532

Ozgen, C 2021, 'The economics of diversity: Innovation, productivity and the labour market', Journal of Economic Surveys, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 1168-1216. https://doi.org/10.1111/joes.12433

Cole, M, Ozgen, C & Strobl, E 2020, 'Air pollution exposure and Covid‑19 in Dutch municipalities', Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 76, no. 4, pp. 581–610. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-020-00491-4

Carmichael, F, Darko, C, Ercolani, M, Ozgen, C & Siebert, S 2020, 'Evidence on intergenerational income transmission using complete Dutch population data', Economics Letters, vol. 189, 108996. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2020.108996

Ozgen, C 2017, 'The elusive effects of workplace diversity on innovation', Papers in Regional Science, pp. 29-49. https://doi.org/10.1111/pirs.12176

Ozgen, C, Peters, C, Niebuhr, A, Nijkamp, P & Poot, J 2014, 'Does cultural diversity of migrant employees affect innovation?', International Migration Review, vol. 48, no. Supplement 1, 12138, pp. S377-S416. <http://10.1111/imre.12138>

Ozgen, C, Nijkamp, P & Poot, J 2013, 'The Impact of Cultural Diversity on Firm Innovation: Evidence from Dutch micro-data', IZA: Journal of Migration, vol. 2, no. 18, 18(2013). <https://izajodm.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/2193-9039-2-18>

Ozgen, C, Nijkamp, P & Poot, J 2010, 'The Effect of Migration on Income Growth and Convergence: Meta-Analytic Evidence', Papers in Regional Science, vol. 89. <https://rsaiconnect.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1435-5957.2010.00313.x>

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

de Graaff, T, Arribas-Bel, D & Ozgen, C 2017, Demographic Aging and Employment Dynamics in German Regions: Modeling Regional Heterogeneity. in Modelling Aging and Migration Effects on Spatial Labor Markets. Springer Verlag.


Ozgen, C, Nijkamp, P & Poot, J 2012, Immigration and Innovation in European Regions. In Migration Impact Assessment: New Horizons. in Immigration and Innovation in European Regions. In Migration Impact Assessment: New Horizons. <https://www.elgaronline.com/display/edcoll/9780857934574/9780857934574.xml>

Working paper

Elliott, R, Kuai, W, Ozgen, C & Maddison, D 2021 'Eco-Innovation and Employment: A Task-Based Analysis' IZA Discussion Paper Series, no. 14028, IZA – Institute of Labor Economics, pp. 1-69. <https://www.iza.org/publications/dp/14028/eco-innovation-and-employment-a-task-based-analysis>

Darko, C, Carmichael, F, Ercolani, M, Siebert, S & Ozgen, C 2019 'Evidence on intergenerational income transition using complete Dutch population data' IZA – Institute of Labor Economics. <https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3475800 >

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