Özlem Ömer earned her PhD from the New School for Social Research at the Department of Economics. Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. She does research in growth-distribution, structural change and income distribution in developed and developing countries, and modeling market behavior during economic crises.
Her papers on these topics are titled ‘Race to the Bottom: Low Productivity, Market Power, and Lagging Wages’ (with Lance Taylor), and ‘Equilibrium-Disequilibrium Dynamics of the US Housing Market, 2000-2015: A Quantal Response Statistical Equilibrium Approach’. She is currently working on the sectoral analysis of the structural change and its effects on income inequality in Turkey.