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Institutional Information: Faculty Of Econ. And Administ. Sciences, Department Of Economics
Research Areas: Social Sciences and Humanities

Names in Publications: Dayioglu




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Meltem Dayıoğlu is a professor of economics in the Department of Economics at TED University. She received her PhD in Economics from Middle East Technical University in 1995, MA in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1991 and BA in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1989.

She started her academic career at Middle East Technical University (METU). She was appointed as an assistant professor in 1996, associate professor in 2006, and full professor in 2015. She held various administrative positions at METU: She served as the Vice-Chair of the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, and Chair of the Department of Economics. She spent her sabbatical leave at the University of Minnesota in 2002 and at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in 2010. She retired from her position at METU in 2023 and joined TEDU in the same year.

Dayıoğlu’s research interests include labor economics, economics of education, wage inequality, income distribution and poverty, migration, child labor and gender issues. Her work generally involves quantitative analysis using large survey and register data.  

Her most recent work is on forced migration, looking at how Syrian children who have sought refuge in Turkey with their families have fared in terms of schooling and child labor. Dayıoğlu’s interest in migration issues precedes the Syrian migration in Turkey. She was a member of a working group set up by the ILO on advancing labor migration statistics. She contributed to developing independent survey instruments and ad-hoc modules for household labor force surveys to measure labor migration in source and destination countries. She has also contributed to ILO’s work in developing survey instruments for measuring child labor. She produced reports and academic papers on child labor in various developing countries and Turkey. Dayıoğlu is also interested in impact evaluation. In a series of papers with her co-authors, she analyzed how Turkey's 1997 compulsory schooling reform impacted the gender and urban-rural schooling gap, teenage marriage and childbearing, and child labor. Another research topic that she is interested in is women’s labor market outcomes. Solo and with her co-authors, she has written papers looking at the reasons behind the low participation rate of women, their lower school attainment and the gender earnings gap. In another impact evaluation study, with her co-author, she studied how higher education expansion impacted women’s access to tertiary education and labor market participation. Apart from the gender earnings gap, she has also worked on poverty, child poverty, and poverty dynamics using panel data. She has recently completed a TUBITAK project with a team of researchers looking at socio-economic divides in early childhood development.

Dayıoğlu is a Research Fellow of the Economic Research Forum in Cairo, Egypt and the Turkish Economic Association, and a member of the advisory board of BETAM of Bahçeşehir University. She has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and UNICEF.



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