I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Utrecht University and an affiliated researcher at the University of Oxford and KU Leuven. I completed my Ph.D. in economics in 2019 at KU Leuven after which I spent time as a postdoctoral researcher in sociology and social demography at the University of Oxford until 2021.

My research is situated at the intersection of sociology of education and the sociology of the family. I am particularly interested in the role of school and family environment in the development of children’s outcomes. In 2021, I received the James Coleman Best Article Award from the American Sociological Association for my research about children with same-sex parents. I am currently working on the following papers:

  1. Palmaccio, Silvia, Deni Mazrekaj, and Kristof De Witte. “Early Labor Market Outcomes of Children in Same-Sex Families: Evidence from Population Data.”
  2. Mazrekaj, Deni, Mirjam Fischer, and Henny Bos. “Behavioral Outcomes of Children with Same-Sex Parents.”
  3. Gottardello, Debora and Deni Mazrekaj. “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Gender Inequality on the Labour Market: A Systematic Review and Future Directions.
  4. Mazrekaj, Deni and Christiaan Monden. “Do Children Perform Better in Religious Schools? Evidence from Population Data.
  5. Mazrekaj, Deni, and Sofie Cabus. “Does a High School Diploma Matter? Evidence Using Regression Discontinuity Design.
  6. Arin, Kerim Peren, Juan Lacomba, Fancisco Lagos, Deni Mazrekaj, and Marcel Thum. “Misperceptions and Fake News During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  7. Mazrekaj, Deni, Fritz Schiltz, and Vitezslav Titl. “Identifying Politically Connected Firms: A Machine Learning Approach.

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