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Dr Cansin Arslan

Dr Cansin Arslan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Cansın joined the University of Exeter team in 2021.

She received her doctorate in Economics from the University of Goettingen (Germany) in 2020. She received a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics from the Paris School of Economics (France) and a bachelor’s degree in Economics (with Political Science minor) from Yeditepe University (Turkey). She also earned a MicroMasters program credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MITx).

Previously, she was an economist for the International Coffee Organization (ICO), adjunct research fellow at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), field research associate for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and consultant at Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Having conducted three large data collection rounds within the framework of two RCTs in addition to three lab-in-the-field experiments in developing countries, she has extensive experience in managing field research projects and leading teams, and demonstrated collaboration skills with researchers at a range of institutions all around the world including University of Goettingen, Paris School of Economics, University of Adelaide, University of New England, Makerere University, Michigan State University, and OECD, ICO and CGIAR centres.

Within the framework of her doctoral research, she managed $90,000 for field research activities.


  • Doctorate in Economics (Dr.Rer.Pol) (University of Goettingen, Germany)
  • MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MITx, USA)
  • Master’s in Quantitative Economics (Paris School of Economics, France)
  • Bachelor’s in Economics (Yeditepe University, Turkey)


Research interests

  • Behavioural Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Policy Evaluation

Cansın’s doctoral research falls under the broad banner of development microeconomics motivated by examining informational barriers to improved household welfare and to desired development outcomes in developing countries.

In particular, her papers focus on information failures in agricultural technology adoption, upgrading in the presence of quality uncertainty and asymmetric information, and trust between actors in the coffee value chain, alongside the effect of asymmetric information between spouses on household resource allocation.

Cansın's current research focuses on gender and race equality in the workplace. Making use of impactful behavioural interventions and thorough evaluation methods, her research aims at reducing bias against disadvantaged groups to help achieve equality and diversity in the society. 

Research projects

Cansın currently is part of the BIG IDEAs (Behavioural Insights: Gender, Inclusivity, Diversity, Equality, and Access) initiative team along with Professor Oliver Hauser and Guinevere Carter. The initiative is funded by the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF). For more information on the BIG IDEAs Initiative, see

Awards and Honours

  • Magna Cum Laude, Doctorate, University of Goettingen, Germany (2020)
  • Magna Cum Laude, Master’s, Paris School of Economics, France (2012)
  • Graduated with highest honours and ranked first in the department, Bachelor’s, Yeditepe University, Turkey (2010)
  • National Productivity Centre Award for the paper presented at the 9th Student Congress in Economics, Turkey (2009)
  • Full scholarship for participating in summer school, Romania (2007)
  • Erasmus scholarship for study in the Netherlands (2007)
  • Full scholarship for Bachelor’s study, Turkey (2005-2010)

  • Field Experiments
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Behavioural Development Economics