N. Meltem Daysal

University of Copenhagen and CEBI, Denmark, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor provides policymakers with easy access to the research frontier. I’m excited to be a part of this effort

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen and CEBI, Denmark (October 2020–present)

Research interest

Health economics, labor economics, applied microeconomics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant, World Bank, Washington DC, Summer 2006

Past positions

Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark (August 2013–September 2020); Assistant Professor, Tilburg University (September 2009–July 2013)


PhD Economics, University of Maryland at College Park, 2009

Selected publications

  • "Home prices, fertility, and early-life health outcomes." Journal of Public Economics 198 (2021): 104366 (with M. Lovenheim, N. Siersbæk, and D. N. Wasser).

  • "Spillover effects of early-life medical interventions." The Review of Economics and Statistics (2021) 1–46 (with M. Simonsen, M. Trandafir, and S. Breining).

  • "Low-risk isn't no-risk: Perinatal treatments and the health of low-income newborns." Journal of Health Economics 64 (2019): 55–67 (with M. Trandafir and R. van Ewijk).

  • “Saving lives at birth: The impact of homebirths on infant outcomes.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 7:3 (2015): 28–50 (with M. Trandafir and R. van Ewijk).

  • “Impact of bilingual education programs on limited English proficient students and their peers: Regression discontinuity evidence from Texas.” Journal of Public Economics 107 (2013): 63–78 (with A. Chin and S. Imberman).