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I am a postdoctoral researcher in sociology and social demography at the University of Oxford and an affiliated researcher at KU Leuven university in Belgium. I am particularly interested in the role of schooling and family environment in the development of children’s outcomes. My primary goal is to conduct policy-relevant research with a substantial societal impact. I am currently involved in the FAMSIZEMATTERS project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC). In this project, I investigate the influence of religious schools on children’s achievement in primary education in the Netherlands.

I completed my Ph.D. in economics on 15 November 2019 at KU Leuven. My Ph.D. chapters were primarily situated in labour economics, focusing on education economics and family economics. In my Ph.D. thesis titled “An Economic Perspective on School Dropout”, I employed quasi-experimental empirical methods on administrative population data to investigate the causal relationship between high school dropout and its potential predictors, labour market consequences, and policies.

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DENI MAZREKAJ