Sena Coskun What Is the Relationship Between Gender, Macroeconomic Conditions and Fertility Dynamics?

Sena Coskun is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Mannheim where she is a member of the collaborative research center CRC TR 224. Until March 2020, Coskunwas a visiting scholar at Northwestern University where she completed her PhD. Her research focuses on macroeconomics, labor economics and family economics. Among the prizes Coskun has received are a Turkish Presidential Scholarship, an Eiffel Scholarshipfrom the Toulouse School of Economics and a Dissertation Fellowship from Northwestern University.

Area of Research


since 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Mannheim (Universität Mannheim) (more details)


Distinguished Teaching Assistant

Northwestern University, Illinois


Ph.D., Economics

Northwestern University, Illinois

Dissertation: Essays on Unemployment, Education and Fertility Committee, Chairperson: Professor Matthias Doepke


M.A. in Economics

Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)


B.A. in Economics

Bogazici University, Istanbul (Summa Cum Laude)


Studies in Economics

HEC School of Management, Paris


- Graduate Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2012

- Eiffel Scholarship, Toulouse School of Economics, 2011-2012

- Dissertation Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2017


- High Achievement Award, Bogazici University, 2006-2011

University of Mannheim (Universität Mannheim)

Mannheim, Germany

For generations, the University of Mannheim has been preparing students to take on leadership roles in business, academia, and society. One of the university’s strengths in this task is its profile, which is characterized by the economic and social sciences. It is in these fields that the University of Mannheim has repeatedly been ranked as one of the top 20 European research institutions. Key focuses of Mannheim researchers include decision-making processes and elections, governance, regulation, competition and innovation, migration and multilingualism, and the culture of change. The campus surrounding Mannheim’s baroque palace is a place where bright minds from across the globe come together to learn, discuss, research, and prepare to make their mark on the world.


The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) TR 224 – EPoS

The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) TR 224 – EPoS is a cooperation between the University of Bonn and the University of Mannheim. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), it aims to analyze and provide policy proposals that address three key societal challenges: how to promote equality of opportunity; how to regulate markets in light of the internationalization and digitalization of economic activity; and how to safeguard the stability of the financial system.


Pro-cyclical fertility means that families have more children when macroeconomic conditions are better. In this video, SENA COSKUN explores the complex factors that underpin such decisions. Conducting an empirical study which analyzes data from different US states since the 1970s as well as theoretical modeling, Coskun emphasizes the importance of gender to fertility dynamics. Generally speaking, women tend to work in industries (e.g. health, education) that are less impacted by recession than men. The likelihood that they will need to take on the role of breadwinner during a recession can push them towards deciding to invest in education rather than having more children. This is a key factor underlying pro-cyclical fertility and one that needs to be taken into account in policy formulation and implementation.

LT Video Publication DOI:

The Emergence of Procyclical Fertility: The Role of Gender Differences in Employment Risk

  • Sena Coskun and Husnu Dalgic
  • Published in 2020
Sena Coskun and Husnu Dalgic. "The Emergence of Procyclical Fertility: The Role of Gender Differences in Employment Risk." working paper in 2020.