Ozkan received his Ph.D in 2007. He started as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure before moving to Louisiana State University in 2016 and then to the University of California Riverside in 2018. He is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at UC Riverside and an affiliated faculty at the Robert Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies.
Ozkan’s research focuses on questions in economics of education, economics of crime, and public policy. His work has been published in journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Law and Economics and Journal of Applied Econometrics. His research has often appeared in the media, being featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Boston Globe and USA Today.
Ozkan serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Labor Research.