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Visiting Fellow Profile

Aysit Tansel

ACountry of Origin: Turkey
Visiting Period: October 2011- March 2012
Faculty Sponsor:  Professor Dr. John H. Bishop
E-mail:  atansel@metu.edu.tr

Aysit Tansel is a professor of Economics at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. She received her BS from Middle East Technical University with high honors, her MA from University of Minnesota and her Ph.D. from State University of New York. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Yale University during 1990-1993. She is a research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn and the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo. 

During her time at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Professor Tansel has worked on education and adult health issues in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana and educational attainment in Turkey.  She has worked on the returns of education for men and women in Turkey, unemployment duration in Turkey, brain drain from Turkey, and gender aspects of education and economic growth, among other topics.

Currently at ILR, Professor Tansel is researching intergenerational educational mobility in Turkey.  The research looks into the relationship between children and their parents education levels in Turkey and how it has changed over the past few decades.  Professor Tansel hopes to prove through her research that the strength of the relationship between the parent and child’s education level has declined overtime, thus increasing educational mobility.  Professor Tansel has already collected data through the Statistical Institute of Turkey of over 40,000 individuals, their education, and the educational background of their parents.  This set of data is unique as it is retrospective, and Professor Tansel is excited to begin her research here at ILR.    During her time here, Professor Tansel wil also be completing a paper on the impact of  private tutoring on academic performance in Turkey and a report on the labor market in Turkey.

Professor Tansel’s publications appeared in journals such as Career Development International, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Applied Economics and Public Choice. She is in the editorial board of the following journals: Economics of Education Review, Equality Diversity and Inclusion, Turnalar Uluslararasi Türk Dili Edebiyat ve Çeviri Dergisi (International Journal of Turkish Literature in Translation), Iktisat, Isletme ve Finans (Economics, Management and Finance).

- Aysit Tansel