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Dr Ezgi Kaya

Dr Ezgi Kaya

Lecturer in Economics

Cardiff Business School

029 2087 0757
E01a, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr Ezgi Kaya is a Lecturer in Economics at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University and a fellow at the Global Labor Organization (GLO). She received her PhD in Economics from the IDEA Graduate Programme at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2014. Her research fields include labour economics, applied economics and economic demography. The focus of some of her recent research is the labour supply behaviour of married women and men, with emphasis on the role of assortative mating, household interactions, and fertility decisions. She is also working on the causes and characteristics of gender gaps in labour market outcomes, the impact of migration policies and the relationship between labour market policies and fertility. She has also carried out research on the identification of peer effects on the co-residence decision of young adults with their parents, a decision that is often associated with fertility, mobility and future labour market outcomes. 

Dr Ezgi Kaya is currently the Deputy for Doctoral Studies (Economics) and the ESRC Wales DTP Pathway Leader (Economics).



  • PhD in Economics (Cum Laude) - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2014
  • Visiting PhD student - Duke University, May-July 2013
  • Visiting PhD student - University of California-Berkeley, October 2011
  • MA in Economics - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2010
  • MSc in Management Engineering - Istanbul Technical University, 2008
  • BSc in Management Engineering - Istanbul Technical University, 2005

Research Grants

  • GW4 Generator Fund for the project titled “Maternity leave in the UK – a gender gap closing policy?” [Co-I; August 2020-January 2021]
  • Cardiff Business School Seedcorn Funding for Research for the project titled “Analyzing the impact of gender pay gap reporting  regulations in the UK: Is transparency in the relative gender pay gap important?” [PI; January 2019-June 2019]
  • Office of Manpower Economics Research grant for the project titled “Understanding the Gender Pay Gap within the UK Public Sector” [Co-I; August 2019-April 2019]
  • Cardiff Business School Seedcorn Funding for Research for the project titled “Rethinking the gender wage gap: The role of wage inequality and allocation of workers into firms” [PI; March 2018-March 2019]

Honours and awards

  • Cardiff Business School Economics Section Research Initiative Funding, March 2016
  • Best Paper Prize: Etta Chiuri Prize for the paper titled “Heterogeneous Couples, Household Interactions and Labor Supply Elasticities of Married Women”, 2014
  • Research Prize for Young Turkish Economists with the M.Sc. thesis titled “Gini Decomposition by Gender: Turkish Case”, Turkish Economic Association, 2009
  • Fellowship Estancias Breves – Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, 2013
  • Fellowship Formación de Personal Investigador – Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, 2009-2013 
  • Fellowship Personal Académico en Formacion – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2008-2009
  • Abidin Pak Fellowship – Turkish  Educational Volunteers Foundation, 2001-2005
  • Bachelors Scholarship –  Istanbul Technical University, 2000

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Speaking engagements

  • 2020-2021 Royal Economic Society (RES) Annual Conference (online), Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) (online), 2021 Virtual Family Macro Group Seminar Group (online)
  • 2019-2020 AIEL 35th National Conference of Labour Economics (online), GW4 Career Breaks and Gender Equality workshop (online)
  • 2018-2019 Cardiff Business School Economics Workshop, Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE), WPEG Conference   
  • 2017-2018 17th IZA/SOLE Transatlantic Meeting of Labor Economists, 11th COSME Gender Economics Workshop, 30th EALE Conference
  • 2016-2017 University of Portsmouth, Barcelona GSE Jamboree (Key note), Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE), CARBS External Microeconomics Workshop, WISERD Annual Conference, WPEG Conference 
  • 2015-2016 Royal Economic Society (RES) Annual Conference, Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE), Midlands Economics Theory and Applications (META) Workshop
  • 2014-2015 XXXIX Simposio de la Asociación Española de Economía, Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE), University of West England, Cardiff Business School, 30th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (EEA)
  • 2013-2014 ZEW Family Economics Workshop, Bilkent University, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, Istanbul School of Banking, Koc University,  Ozyegin University, Bogazici University, NES/CEFIR Research Seminar, Antalya International University, Cardiff Business School, Middle East Technical University, XXXVIII Simposio de la Asociación Española de Economía, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • 2012-2013 Duke University, XXXVII Simposio de la Asociación Española de Economía, AIEL XXVII National Conference of Labour Economics
  • 2011-2012 IAFFE Annual Conference, COSME-FEDEA Gender Workshop, ENTER Jamboree, IDEA Students’ Workshop–Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • 2010-2011 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • 2009-2010 Revenus et risques de pauvreté individuels des femmes et des homes – Belgian Gender and Income Analysis, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • 2008-2009 IAFFE Annual Conference 
  • 2007-2008 15th World Congress of the International Economic Association

Committees and reviewing

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Sociological Context/Sosyolojik Bağlam Dergisi
  • Refereeing
    Journals: Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Population Economics, Economic Journal, Economic Inquiry, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Portuguese Economic Journal, Regional Studies, Economic Modelling, Empirical Economics, Bulletin of Economic Research, Southern Economic Journal, SERIEs (the Journal of Spanish Economic Association), Journal of Economic Policy (Politica Economica), Social Science Research
    Grants: European Research Council (ERC)











Teaching commitments

  • BS1545 Contemporary Economic Issues (undergraduate - Module leader)
  • BS3558 Labour Economics (undergraduate)
  • BST281 Microeconometric Practice (graduate - Module leader)

Primary research interests

  • Labour Economics
  • Applied Economics
  • Economic Demography


PhD supervision interests

  • Labour Economics
  • Applied Economics
  • Economic Demography

Current supervision


John Poole

Research student

Jiarui Nan

Research student


Aohan Gao

Research student

Suzanna Nesom

Research student

Past projects

  • Co-Supervisor (27%) for Widdi Mugijayani - Return to Education and Education Mismatch in Indonesia (awarded 2020)