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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 was a postdoctoral researcher in sociology and social demography at the University of Oxford. In my spare time, I am an Associate Editor of Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (IF: 2.731; 37/111 Interdisc. Soc. Sci.).

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. I received the 2021 James Coleman Best Education Article Award and the 2022 Family Article of the Year Award from the American Sociological Association for my research about children with same-sex parents. I am currently working on the following papers:

Nontraditional families

Early Labor Market Outcomes of Children in Same-Sex Families: Evidence from Population Data.
Silvia Palmaccio, Deni Mazrekaj, and Kristof De Witte

Fertility Outcomes of Children with Divorced Parents: Evidence from Population Data.
Silvia Palmaccio, Deni Mazrekaj, and Kristof De Witte

School dropout

Do Children Perform Better in Religious Schools? Evidence from Population Data.
Deni Mazrekaj and Christiaan Monden

Does a High School Diploma Matter? Evidence Using Regression Discontinuity Design.
Deni Mazrekaj and Sofie Cabus

The Effect of Funding for Disadvantaged Students on Academic Underachievement
Oleg Badunenko, Deni Mazrekaj, Kristof De Witte, and Subal C. Kumbhakar
Revise and Resubmit. npj Science of Learning.
IF: 5.513; 21/267 Edu. & Edu. Res.; 8/90 Exp. Psych.; 74/274 Neurosciences.

The COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Gender Inequality on the Labour Market: A Systematic Review and Future Directions.
Debora Gottardello, Deni Mazrekaj, and Kristina Potocnik

Misperceptions and Fake News During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Kerim Peren Arin, Juan Lacomba, Fancisco Lagos, Deni Mazrekaj, and Marcel Thum

Business ethics

Is Price Personalization Ethical? The Disutility of Unfairness Perception and Surveillance Aversion.
Deni Mazrekaj, Ajay Kumar, and Daniel Muzio
Revise and Resubmit. Journal of Business Ethics.
IF: 6.331; 2/56 Ethics; 54/154 Business.

Identifying Politically Connected Firms: A Machine Learning Approach.
Deni Mazrekaj, Fritz Schiltz, and Vitezslav Titl
Revise and Resubmit. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.
IF: 2.518; 20/53 Soc. Sci., Math. Methods; 152/379 Econ.

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