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Sinem Ayhan, Ph.D.

Economics Department
Research Associate
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  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teachings
  • Presentations


Sinem Ayhan received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Bologna in 2014. After completing her doctoral studies, she worked as a postdoc/researcher at the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA), University of Münster and Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). Besides her academic experience, Sinem worked as an expert in a governmental organization in Turkey from 2005 to 2010. She was responsible for international agreements on trade in services. Her research interests include job loss, the evaluation of labor market policies, gender inequality, the role of preferences and personality traits in the labor market, as well as issues related to the developmental aspects of climate change. Since February 2022, Sinem has been working as a researcher at the economics department of the IOS.



Journal Articles

Ayhan, Sinem H./Pelek, Selin: State dependence in welfare benefits in a non-welfare context. In: Review of Income and Wealth, 66, 3, 2020, S. 711-735. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)
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DOI: 10.1111/roiw.12445

Ayhan, Sinem H./Nikolova, Milena: Your spouse is fired! How much do you care?. In: Journal of Population Economics, 32, 2019, S. 799–844. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal, Open Access)
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DOI: 10.1007/s00148-018-0693-0

Ayhan, Sinem H.: Married women’s added worker effect during the 2008 economic crisis—The case of Turkey. In: Review of Economics of the Household, 16, 2018, S. 767–790. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)
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DOI: 10.1007/s11150-016-9358-5

Ayhan, Sinem H.: Do non-wage rigidities slow down employment? Evidence from Turkey. In: IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2, 20, 2014. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal, Open Access)
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DOI: 10.1186/2193-9004-2-20

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Ayhan, Sinem H./Jacob, Thabit: Competing energy visions in Kenya: The political economy of coal. In: Jakob, Michael/Steckel, Jan C. (Hrsg.): The Political Economy of Coal: Obstacles to Clean Energy Transitions.: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2022, S. 171-187. (Open Access)
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Discussion Papers

Ayhan, Sinem/Lehmann, Hartmut/Pelek, Selin: Job Creation and Job Destruction in Turkey: 2006 - 2021. In: IZA DP No. 16491, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) 2023. (Open Access)
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Ayhan, Sinem/Falchetta, Giacomo/Steckel, Jan: Evaluating the Impacts of Minigrid Electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa. In: IZA Discussion Papers, No. 15466 2022. (Open Access)
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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4188277

Aggarwal, Raavi/Ayhan, Sinem H./Jakob, Michael: Carbon pricing and household welfare: Evidence from Uganda. In: Duke Global Working Paper Series, Duke University Center for International and Global Studies 2021. (Open Access)
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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3819959

Other Publications

Marz, Waldemar/Steckel, Jan C./Ayhan, Sinem H.: Capital Markets, Institutions and Distributional Effects: Towards Ambitious Climate Policy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Background Paper Forum Climate Economics 9, 2021. (Open Access)
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Curriculum vitae

Professional Career
  • Postdoc researcher at the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg, since 02/2022
  • Researcher, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Berlin, 03/2019—01/2022
  • Post-doc, University of Münster, Institute of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Münster, 11/2017—02/2019
  • Research Associate, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn, 12/2014—10/2017
  • Expert, Undersecretariat of Treasury, Ankara, 12/2005—10/2010
  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of Bologna, Italy, 10/2010—07/2014
  • Visiting student at the department of Economics, University College London, 09/2013—12/2013
  • M.Sc. in Economics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, 10/2005—05/2008
  • B.Sc. in Economics, Ankara University, Ankara, 10/1999—07/2004


Summer term 2023
  • Topics on Labor Economics (Tutorial) Übungstunde, Universität Regensburg
Winter term 2022/23
  • Topics on Labor Economics (Tutorial), Übungstunde, Universität Regensburg
Winter term 2018/19
  • Applied labor economics, WWU Münster
Summer term 2017
  • Empirical methods, WWU Münster
  • Introduction to STATA statistical software, WWU Münster


  • The poverty and distributional impacts of carbon pricing. Workshop on “Combating climate change under multi-dimensional inequalities” (Im Rahmen des Mercator/IPC-Stipendiums). Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), Istanbul, 24.11.2023.
  • 17th Biannual Conference of EACES Parthenope University, Naples, Italy, 16.09.2022.
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  • Distributional effects of climate policies and decarbonization challenges in low- and middle-income countries. (Ringvorlesung) Lecture series on Frictions and Transformations of Globalization Universität Regensburg, Regensburg, 30.05.2022.
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