Nezih Guner is an ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a Research Professor of Barcelona School of Economics. He received his BA in Economics and Sociology from Bogazici University (Turkey) in 1992 and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 2000. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Study of Labor (IZA), a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and a Network Leader at HCEO-University Chicago. He has been a member of the Council of the European Economic Association (2016-2020), and President of the Spanish Economic Association (2018). He is a fellow of the European Economic Association and the Spanish Economic Association. He was an Editor of the Economic Journal (2017-2021), the Journal of Spanish Economic Association-SERIEs (2015-2017), and Economic Inquiry (2009-2012). In 2010 he was awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council.
Family structure in the U.S. and Europe has changed dramatically during the 20th century. The decline of marriage and fertility and the rising female labor force participation are the most important aspects of this change. My recent research has focused on the causes of these changes, their consequences for children, income inequality, and social mobility, and how public policies might affect household decisions. I have also been studying how changes in the family structure alter the way traditional public policies, e.g. taxation, social insurance programs, should be designed. On a different line of research, I study how misallocation of resources at the micro-level affects aggregate productivity, and the role of government policies on the misallocation of resources. Finally, I focus on the effects of trade and globalization on labor markets and inequality.