Ozcan, Berkay

Dr Berkay Ozcan  


Position held

Experience keywords:

entrepreneurship; family demography; gender; labour market; quantitative methods; wealth and income inequality

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The overarching objective of my research is to elucidate how family processes (divorce, marriage, and fertility) influence social stratification in interaction with changing social policies. To that end, my research examines the interplay between family processes and economic outcomes (income inequality, wealth/savings, labour supply, entrepreneurship). These outcomes are less commonly studied by demographers and sociologists than by economists whose standard models adopt the stylised individual as their unit of analysis. In contrast, I aim to bring a sociological perspective by incorporating family as a crucial social structure.

In my research, processes that shape family contexts over the life-course and especially macro-structural forces constitute a focal point for explaining both the economic behaviour of households and overall inequality. This perspective guided my research, which addresses three broad questions: 1. How do family processes contribute to overall wealth accumulation and wealth inequality? 2. How do family processes influence labour supply and entrepreneurial behaviour? 3. How do macro-structural factors (e.g. unemployment, migration) affect family context?

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Consultancy; Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Public Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:

EU; Turkey; USA


Catalan [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Turkish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6867

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Mariani, Elena and Özcan, Berkay and Goisis, Alice (2017) Family trajectories and well-being of children born to lone mothers in the UK European Journal of Population, 33 (2). 185-215. ISSN 0168-6577

Goisis, Alice and Özcan, Berkay and Myrskylä, Mikko (2017) Decline in the negative association between low birth weight and cognitive ability Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (1). 84-88. ISSN 0027-8424


Goisis, Alice and Özcan, Berkay and Sigle-Rushton, Wendy (2016) Child outcomes after parental separation: variations by contact and court involvement Ministry of Justice Analytical Series, Ministry of Justice, London. ISBN 9781840997361

Özcan, Berkay and Inanc, Hande (2016) Gender, family and academic careers in Turkey Advances in Life Course Research, 29. 52-65. ISSN 1040-2608


González, Libertad and Özcan, Berkay (2013) The risk of divorce and household saving behavior Journal of Human Resources, 48 (2). 404-434. ISSN 0022-166X

Liao, Tim F. and Özcan, Berkay (2013) Family forms among first- and second-generation immigrants in metropolitan America, 1960-2009 In: Fong, Eric and Chiang, Lan-Hung Nora and Denton, Nancy, (eds.) Immigrant Adaptation in Multi-Ethnic Societies: Canada, Taiwan, and the United States. Routledge advances in sociology. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 223-254. ISBN 9780415628549


Garben, Sacha and Marwah, Hanaan and McDonagh, Luke T. and Özcan, Berkay and Sampson, Thomas (2012) Aftermath of the financial crisis: new challenges for the left British Politics and Policy at LSE (20 Sep 2012) Blog entry

Özcan, Berkay and Breen, Richard (2012) Marital instability and female labor supply Annual Review of Sociology, 38. 463-481. ISSN 0360-0572

Bargain, Olivier and González, Libertad and Keane, Claire and Özcan, Berkay (2012) Female labor supply and divorce: new evidence from Ireland European Economic Review, 56 (8). 1675-1691. ISSN 0014-2921


Özcan, Berkay (2011) Only the lonely?: the influence of spouse on the transition to self-employment Small Business Economics, 37 (4). 465-492. ISSN 1573-0913


Ozcan, Berkay and Mayer, Karl Ulrich and Luedicke, Joerg (2010) The impact of unemployment on the transition to parenthood Demographic Research, 23 (29). 807-846. ISSN 1435-9871

Bargain, Olivier and González, Libertad and Keane, Claire and Özcan, Berkay (2010) Female labor supply and divorce: new evidence from Ireland Discussion Paper Series, 4959. Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany.


González, Libertad and Özcan, Berkay (2008) The risk of divorce and household saving behavior Discussion Paper Series, 3726. Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany.

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