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University of Exeter Business School

Dr Cansin Arslan

Dr Cansin Arslan

Senior Research Fellow


 Streatham Court 


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


Cansın joined the University of Exeter team in 2021. She is also a research fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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

Having conducted several randomised field and lab-in-the-field experiments (including 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 Harvard University, University of Pennslyvania, University of Goettingen, Paris School of Economics, University of Adelaide, Makerere University, Michigan State University, and OECD, ICO and CGIAR centres.


  • 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)


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Research interests

  • Economics of Gender
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Development Economics

Cansın's current research focuses on the economics of gender and DEI 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. She is part of the BIG IDEAs (Behavioural Insights: Gender, Inclusivity, Diversity, Equality, and Access) initiative developed by Professor Oliver Hauser. For more information on the BIG IDEAs Initiative, see

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, and asymmetric information in agricultural value chains and within the household.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Income Hiding and Its Impact on Expenditure Patterns in Uganda (with Daniel Gregg and Randy Stringer) R&R at World Development 

Paying More to Make Less: Value Degrading in the Coffee Value Chain (with Daniel Gregg and Meike Wollni) American Journal of Agricultural Economics (2023)

Who Communicates the Information Matters for Technology Adoption (with Meike Wollni, Judith Oduol, and Karl Hughes) World Development (2022) 

Supply Chain Relationships: Experiments with Coffee Growers and Traders in Uganda (with Alexandra Peralta and Robert Shupp) Oxford Development Studies (2022)

Other Publications

Incorporating DEI into Decision-Making (with Edward Chang, Siri Chilazi, James Elfer, Erika Kirgios, and Oliver Hauser) Harvard Business Review (2023)

The Value of Coffee: Sustainability, Inclusiveness, and Resilience of the Coffee Global Value Chain (with Christoph Saenger). Coffee Development Report. International Coffee Organization (2021) 

ICO economic report: A new perspective (with Christoph Saenger). Global Coffee Report Magazine (2020)

Trends in Labor Migration in Asia: Safeguarding the rights of Asian migrant workers from home to the workplace (with Philippe Herve). Asian Development Bank Institute (2017)

Trends in Labor Migration in Asia: Building Effective Institutions (with Philippe Herve). Asian Development Bank Institute (2016)

International Migration to the OECD in the 21st Century (with Dumont JC, Kone ZL, Ozden C, Parsons CR & Xenogiani T). Knomad Working Article (2016)

Connecting with Emigrants: A Global Profile of Diasporas. OECD Publishing (2015)

A new profile of migrants in the aftermath of the recent economic crisis (with Dumont JC, Kone ZL,Ozden C, Parsons CR & Xenogiani T). OECD Publishing (2015)

Work in Progress

Hiding Money in the Old Boys’ Club: Employee and Manager Relationships Contribute to the Gender Pay Gap (with Oliver Hauser)

A Timely Training for Diversity Hiring: Evidence from a Field Experiment (with Iris Bohnet, Edward Chang, Siri Chilazi, and Oliver Hauser)

The Mixed Effects of Framings on Performance and Aspirations (with Oliver Hauser)

Employee Value Propositions and Attraction of Potential Employees

Gender Bias in Career Advice (with Sarah Smith and Oliver Hauser)

The Intersectionality of Stereotypes (with Aislinn Bohren, Alex Imas, and Oliver Hauser)

Furtive consumption and household norm disagreements: A case study of rural Ugandan households (with Daniel Hill, Daniel Gregg, and Randy Stringer) 

Determinants of Side-Selling in Contract Farming (with Carmen Steinmetz and Meike Wollni)

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