Dr Ceren Ozgen

Dr Ceren Ozgen

The Department of Economics
Marie-Sklodowska Curie Fellow

Contact details

Department of Economics
JG Smith Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Ceren Ozgen is an applied economist and she works at the intersection of labour and demographic economics, international migration, and innovation.  She has published extensively on impact of cultural diversity, international migration and firm innovation. Her recent research focuses on skills mismatch in urban areas and overeducation in Dutch and UK labour markets. 


  • PhD. Economics. VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 2008-2013.
  • MA. Economics. University of Trento, (Italy).
  • MSc. Regional Planning. Istanbul Technical University, (Turkey)
  • BA. Urban and Regional Planning. Yıldız Technical University, (Turkey)


Ceren has held the following research positions:

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

See Ceren's profiles on Google Scholar and IZA


Currently no teaching obligations.

Past teaching involves:

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods – Graduate and Bachelor level
  • Regional Planning Project (Topics in Urban Economics) – Graduate level
  • Culture and Urban Space – Graduate level


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

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

Other activities

IZA Research Fellow, Tinbergen Institute Alumni, Urban Economics Association, Member of European Regional Science Association (Dutch section).

Policy and Press Coverage

'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).


Peer-reviewed journal articles and books

de Graaff T, Arribas-Bel D, Ozgen C. (2017) Demographic Aging and Employment Dynamics in German Regions: Modelling Regional Heterogeneity. Forthcoming in The Pensionado-Migration Nexus in Regional Labour Markets, Uwe Blien et al. (eds) Springer Series on Advances in Regional Science.

Ozgen C, Nijkamp P, Poot J. (2015) The Elusive Effects of Workplace Diversity on Innovation, Papers in Regional Science. (Also available as IZA Discussion paper: 7129).

Ozgen C, Peters C, Niebuhr A, Nijkamp P, Poot J. (2014) Does Cultural Diversity of Migrant Employees Affect Innovation?, International Migration Review. 48 (1): 377- 416.

Ozgen C, Nijkamp P, Poot J. (2013). The Impact of Cultural Diversity on Firm Innovation: Evidence from Dutch micro-data. IZA Journal of Migration, 2:18 (In top 10 all times most viewed articles of IZA Journal of Migration with 4499 accesses).

Ozgen C, Nijkamp P, Poot J. (2012). Immigration and Innovation in European Regions. In Migration Impact Assessment: New Horizons. Nijkamp P, Poot P, Sahin M eds., Edward Elgar (Covered in The Wall Street Journal).

Ozgen C, Nijkamp P, Poot J. (2010). The Effect of Migration on Income Growth and Convergence: Meta-Analytic Evidence, Papers in Regional Science, 89: 537– 561.

Erkut G, Baypinar MB, Ozgen C, Gönül D. (2008) Batı Marmara Bölgesi’nde Stratejik Kalkınma ve Sınırötesi İşbirliği, ITU Journal/a, 7(2), 114-127 (Strategic Development and Cross-border Cooperation in the Western Marmara Region).

Discussion Papers

Ozgen C, de Graaff T. (2013) Sorting out the Impact of Cultural Diversity on Innovative Firms: An empirical analysis of Dutch micro-data. Norface Migration Discussion paper: 2013-12.

Ozgen C, van Ommeren J. (2013) Does Past Exposure to Foreigners at the Workplace Pay off for Future Earnings? (Dissertation chapter).

Ozgen C, van Eijndhoven E, Nijkamp P, Poot J. (2011) Data Manual for Immigration and Innovation in European Regions. Norface Migration Discussion papers, Supplementary Material.

de Graaff T, Ozgen C, Roth D. Heterogeneous Impacts of Ageing on The German Labor Market, Paper presented at 63rd North American Regional Science Conference, Minneapolis/US .

Work in Progress

Ozgen C, Florax JGM. Education Surplus and Skill Mismatch in Urban Areas.