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Murat Kirdar

Research Fellows

Professor, Boğaziçi University

Areas of Interest:

  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Economics of Labor


  • PhD, Economics, University of Pennsylvania, USA, 2004
  • BA, Mathematics and Economics, University of Michigan, USA, 1998


  • Professor, Boğaziçi University 2017-present
  • Associate Professor, Boğaziçi University 2014-2017
  • Assistant Professor, Middle East Technical University, 2008-2014
  • Visiting Scholar, University of California-Berkeley, USA, 2011-2012
  • Lecturer, Middle East Technical University, 2004-2008

Latest Publications:

  • “Does Longer Compulsory Education Equalize Schooling by Gender and Rural/Urban Residence?” (lead author; with M. Dayıoğlu and İ. Koç), World Bank Economic Review
  • “Source-Country Earnings and Emigration,” (with S. Djajic and A. Vinogradova), Journal of International Economics 99 pp.46-67, 2016.
  • “Source Country Characteristics and Immigrants’ Optimal Migration Duration Decision,” IZA Journal of Migration 2:8, June 2013
  • “Estimating the Impact of Immigrants on the Host Country Social Security System When Return Migration is an Endogenous Choice,” International Economic Review 53(2) pp. 453-486, May 2012
  • “Labor Market Outcomes, Savings Accumulation and Return Migration,” Labour Economics 16(4) pp. 418-428, August 2009.
  • “Impact of Sibship Size, Birth Order, and Sex Composition on School Enrollment in Urban Turkey” (with M. Day
Working Papers

Returns to Schooling in Egypt

This paper estimates the returns to schooling in Egypt using a policy reform that reduced ... read more

Working Papers

The Impact of Schooling on The Timing of Marriage and Fertility: Evidence from A Change in Compulsory Schooling Law

Abstract This paper estimates the impact of schooling on the timing of marriage and early fertility ... read more


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