Ömer Özak

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Southern Methodist UniversityAssociate ProfessorInstitute of Labor Economics - IZAResearch FellowUnited Stateshttp://omerozak.com/ozak@mail.smu.edu

Professor Özak's research explores the deep historical origins and long-run consequences of some of the most fundamental cultural, human and economic characteristics that are at the roots of contemporary comparative economic development across countries, regions and ethnic groups. In particular, I study how the interaction of bio-geographical, cultural, institutional, and technological factors have determined the evolution of societies in the course of human history. This interdisciplinary research agenda lies at the intersection of comparative development, economic growth, political economy, cultural economics, and evolutionary economics, and it further contributes to the fields of cultural and human evolution, and cultural anthropology. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics.

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