Ilhan Can Ozen researches the Turkish health system after the 2003 Health Transformation Program and also on refugees and migration in Turkey. At Harvard FXB, he is currently working on two projects on the Syrian refugee experience in Turkey, focusing on the health and labor market implications of the refugee influx. He is also writing a manuscript about the political economy of the refugee integration process. He received a BA from the Economics Department of Bilkent University and his MA and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. His thesis focused on the health effects of labor migration and the gender inequalities that contribute to this migration, with special emphasis on development and health economics.
Ozen is an assistant professor in the Economics Department of the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, where he researches the health and health capacity effects of migration patterns in that country. He also teaches courses on migration and urbanization, analysis of migration, and the political economy of development. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of Health Economics and Health Policy Research and Application Center at Hacettepe University, and continues to conduct independent research on the topics of health economics, development economics, and political economy. Ozen has contributed to several large-scale research projects pertaining to the Turkish health system and its development after the 2003 Health Transformation Program. In addition to research reports, he has published articles on various topics related to population and migration.