Ezgi Cengiz

Ezgi Cengiz

Assistant Professor of Ag and Resource Economics

North Carolina State University

Who am I?

Hi! My name is Ezgi Cengiz. I am an assistant professor in Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University. My primary research fields are empirical industrial organization, applied microeconomics, applied econometrics, and health economics. I am particularly interested in quantifying the causal impacts of advertising and diet improvement policies in food and beverages industries. I hold a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.A. in Economics from Istanbul University.

I love cooking, eating, in-line skating, and kundalini yoga.

Download my curriculum vitae

  • Industrial Organization
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Health Economics
  • Ph.D. in Resource Economics, 2022

    University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

  • M.Sc. in Resource Economics, 2018

    University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

  • B.A. in Economics, 2011

    Istanbul University, Turkey


Researcher, Lead Graduate Research Assistant
UMASS Amherst
Dec 2015 – Present Amherst, MA

Responsibilities include:

  • Applying data tidying techniques to very big data sets collected from well-recognized global marketing research companies including Nielsen (barcode level sales and price data for the near universe of consumer packaged good industries), Gladson (barcode level nutrition data), and Kantar Media (brand level advertising spending data)
  • Analysing big data sets (> 1 bn observations), performing feature engineering, and building regression and machine learning models using Stata & R & Matlab
  • Leading and supervising graduate & undergraduate researchers over the years for successful completion of tasks
  • Writing grant proposals, documenting research, and visualizing findings