Research Team

Michael Dubois, Project Manager

Michael Dubois holds a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies from the Université de Montréal. As a graduate student, Michael studied the state of post-secondary education in federal penitentiaries and its treatment effect on student offenders’ correctional outcomes. Outside of academia, he has also conducted research and policy analyses in both research institutes and advocacy groups as well as in federal government. Michael joined EPRI in January 2016 and was previously involved as a Research Assistant on tax-linkage projects. His research interests are policy design, economics of education, and correctional education.

Eda Bozkurt, Research Associate

Eda Bozkurt joined EPRI in February 2015. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, where she also worked as a Research Assistant from 2009 to 2015. She wrote her PhD thesis on evolution and regional variations of skill premium in the labor market, and implications of worker geographical mobility on skill premium. During her studies and her employment as a research assistant, she accumulated experience on various statistical methods, computational tools, and economic models. Her work familiarized her with a long list of longitudinal and cross-sectional survey data including the National Longitudinal Study of Youth and its Child and Youth Adult components, U.S. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System data, the Current Population Survey, the U.S. Census, the Canadian Census, and the American Community Survey. Currently, she is working on administrative data collected by EPRI from post-secondary institutions.

Masashi Miyairi, Research Associate

Masashi Miyairi earned a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Western Ontario where he carried out empirical studies of the dynamic occupational mobility pattern of young workers and the economic assimilation of immigrants in Canada. Having joined EPRI in 2015 he has also worked as a Research Assistant on a project estimating the income dynamics of post-secondary school attendants in Canada. He is well versed in theories and practices in economics and econometrics, statistical and scientific computing.

Dejan Pavlic, Senior Research Associate

Dejan Pavlic holds a Master's of Arts Degree in Planning and a Joint Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Anthropology, both from the University of Waterloo. During his graduate studies, he was the recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and was awarded the President's Graduate Scholarship and the Special Graduate Scholarship by the University. His previous research work experience includes a summer student position with the Government of Ontario, as well as a demographic research position at the University of Waterloo. Dejan's primary interests lie in disentangling neighbourhood, community and regional patterns of education, income distribution and land development and redevelopment. Since joining EPRI in 2010 he has spent too much of his time wondering if he prefers SAS or Stata.

John Sergeant, Administrative Assistant

John Sergeant holds a Bachelor Degree (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Waterloo and has been part of EPRI since 2014. His responsibilities include finalizing documents, coordinating meetings, and overseeing EPRI's logistical needs.

Utku Suleymanoglu, Research Associate

Utku Suleymanoglu joined EPRI in 2016. He holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Guelph. He is pursuing a PhD in Economics at University of Western Ontario (expected graduation 2017). His research interests are in labour economics and economics of education with a focus on how parents affect educational outcomes of their children. Before joining EPRI, he was a lecturer of statistics and econometrics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.