Meltem İNCE YENİLMEZ is an Professor at the Department of Economics, Izmir Demokrasi University, Turkey. In addition, she is Visiting Associate Professor at Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University, Japan. In addition to her academic positions, Meltem’s career includes work in the impact of various forces of economics and social change in the constitution of gender relations and women’s empowerment. Her expertise encompasses cyclical patterns of female employment, wage differentials to discrimination, and employment patterns in developing countries as well as issues related to gender and development. Aside from the two books she has published, her work also includes women in sports, occupational segregation and gender wage gap. She is now working on population aging and its effect on economy, cyberfeminizm, health care and expenditures.


• A Comparative Perspective of Women’s Economic Empowerment

A Comparative Perspective of Women’s Economic Empowerment
Edited by
Meltem İnce Yenilmez and Onur Burak Çelik

Turkey has experienced growth in both the population and the workforce. However, female participation in the workforce in Turkey is extremely low, largely due to financial dependency and lack of higher education. The authors argue that greater research is needed to improve the economic position of women throughout the country, and this remains a challenge that must be fixed both culturally and socioeconomically.

The book explores the significant gap between policy advancements, actual practices, and the impact of regional variety in the cultural structure. The authors suggest that this in turn has affected Turkey’s ability to implement changes and reform. Reform must allow women to pursue changes that will give them greater financial flexibility and freedom within the country. The authors demonstrate the concept and framework for women’s empowerment and explore the need for this. This book seeks to discuss the approaches and strategies for empowering women by outlining the strategies, policies and tools that women are using for their empowerment focusing on Turkey while comparing with other countries worldwide. It also brings several issues to the forefront such as equality treatment, political participation, social issues, the gender pay gap, the glass ceiling and gender (in)equality, the migration effect and education.

Offering a multi-disciplinary exploration of the relationship and connection between employment, national policies, migration economies, entrepreneurialism and gender in present Turkey, this book is an invaluable contribution to the existing literature surrounding Turkish gender studies and will be of interest to both scholars and experts in the field.

• Women's Economic Empowerment in Turkey

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Edited by
Meltem İnce Yenilmez and Onur Burak Çelik

The need for the creation of an enabling political, legal and economic environment for women within Turkey is rising. A growing concern is shown at the ethnic divisions and local discrimination against women, which have spilled over into the labor market. This book lends a supporting voice to the economic and social empowerment of women globally, focusing on the real causes and the unpredictable nature of the ongoing conflicts surrounding the issue.

The authors bring to the forefront problems of development within various regions and the implementation of projects, which address the state of women, inequality and risks, that are inimical to their participation in the economy. Emphasis is laid on why women should be permitted access to the many opportunities in information technology and exchange, partnership growth and networking in this digital era. The oppressive policies of Turkey are scrutinized to unravel the dangers they pose to the corporate existence of women in the modern world. Furthermore, this book centers on the deliberation on regional politics and issues on gender and women’s empowerment in modern Turkey whilst comparing with other countries. The work sheds light on salient issues and possible remedies within target countries and the concerted efforts made to create a reliable structure to discuss gender conflicts. 

Ample contributions from countries such as the US, Germany, Serbia, South Africa and United Kingdom are pivotal to comparing and examining the main debates. Addressing several global gender-related examples as well as Turkey’s national principles, this book encourages full involvement of women and girls in deciding the fate of their country.

This book serves as the rallying point of an array of informative and mind-expanding works of literature in regional studies, gender studies, migration economy, and area studies in countries like Turkey, USA, Serbia, UK, and India. Experts, students, and readers in the academic sphere may find this work educative and intellectually fulfilling.

• Spor Ekonomisi

Spor Ekonomisi-Meltem İnce Yenilmez
Translated by
Meltem İnce Yenilmez and Onur Burak Çelik

Bilgisayar ekranindaki görüntüler gerçek dünyadaki olgularin bire bir temsili midir, yoksa sanal bir dünyada hayal mi görmekteyiz? Sakin evren dedigimiz, muazzam bir bilgisayar ekranindan ibaret olmasin? Bilgisayarlar bilinçlendirilebilir mi? Yani akillanip kendi baslarina düsünebilirler mi? Ama bu tür sorulardan önce, akil nedir veya bilinç nerededir sorularini da sormamiz gerekmez mi?
Roger Penrose, yaniti zor sorulara iliskin görüslerini, bu kitabindan önce felsefenin derin tartismalarindan uzak durmus bir matematikçi ve temel bilimcinin pratik yaklasimiyla savunuyor. Görelilik teorisinden kuantum mekanigine ve kozmolojiye uzanan farkli konularin tartisildigi Kralin Yeni Akli’nin ana düsüncesini felsefecilerin “us-beden problemi” olarak adlandirdigi teori olusturuyor.
Roger Penrose, Oxford Üniversitesi Matematik Enstitüsü’nde onursal profesördür.

• The Economics of Gender Equality in the Labour Market - Policies in Turkey and other Emerging Economies

Edited by
Meltem İnce Yenilmez and Gül Ş. Huyugüzel Kişla

This book evaluates the global labour market in the context of gender equality, and the associated policies and regulations, particularly in developing markets, to recommend measures for encouraging gender equality. It exposes the barriers that women employees encounter as well as some of the societal and workplace policies they, specifically, are subject to. Important themes within this topic include participation rates, the looming gap in hourly pay, availability of part-time and full-time positions, value, and social status associated with jobs held by men and women.

The book examines how global gender policy objectives, such as gender equality in careers, gender balance in decision-making, and gender dimensions in research, can be incorporated into policy frameworks. The book analyzes the gendered nature of assumptions, processes and theories. The juxtaposition between family and work, tradition and modernity, and dependency and autonomy, clearly still seems to be misunderstood. Therefore, the book asks whether work improves women’s positions in society and/or changes their roles in their families. The authors explore and uncover the connections among employment, entrepreneurship, migration economies, and gender global labour markets and provide helpful solutions to the perceptions surrounding women’s status, risks, and inequality that limit their economic participation.

This insightful read provides comprehensive details on a variety of themes and encourages further research on policies that are key to promoting gender equality. The book will appeal to postgraduate students and researchers of labour and feminist economics, the economics of gender, women’s studies and sociology.



• Gender and The Labor Market

Edited by
Meltem İnce Yenilmez and Ufuk Bingöl

The woman’s role in society has often been undervalued and relegated to the background. Even though opportunities are increasingly made available for women in society, they are still at a great disadvantage. Years of thorough research have revealed how providing increased job opportunities in the labor market is vital for developing a republic’s economy. Of course, a country with very little participation of the female population in the labor market will have nothing but a stunted economic and social situation seeing that only half the population are actively contributing to its growth. In the light of the knowledge boom in this modern age, policies have to be made, and strategies are drawn to promote gender equality and provide as many opportunities for women as men in the labor market. This book focuses on the global labor market and how the present and future improvements of gender equality reflect upon it. It also contains the strategies and policies created to combat gender discrimination in the labor market to provide equal opportunities to everybody irrespective of the gender or ethnic affiliations.

• Engines of Economic Prosperity

Edited by
Meltem İnce Yenilmez and Burak Darıcı

This book considers the extent to which innovation and entrepreneurship are engines of economic prosperity. It brings together theorists and empiricists from diverse backgrounds to provides a comprehensive overview of the field of entrepreneurship, focusing specifically on entrepreneurial developments within Turkey and the surrounding regions and Europe. It looks at innovation, creativity, economic development and women’s empowerment. This book considers the for-profit and the not-for-profit sectors, and examines outcome metrics such as change, sustainability and employment, in addition to economic value.  This book will inspire academics and students to better understand the origins, evolution and impact of new ideas, new organizations, and new industries, and the impact on the economy. 

This book offers an excellent foundation for investigating and questioning current entrepreneurial practices across developed economies. It will also provide the foundations for researching and evaluating new and existing approaches to emerging technologies. Additionally, the book will offer useful insights into the real world, and will appeal to academics in economics and business as well as those studying entrepreneurship on the international scene.


Yasar University, Department of Economics, Izmir, Turkey (2008 – present)

  • ECON 2201. Microeconomics
  • ECON 2202. Macroeconomics
  • ECON 3351. Labor Economics
  • ECON 4471. Feminist Economics
  • ECON 4451. Economics of Gender
  • ECON 0462. Gender Politics and EU In the Time of Crisis
  • ECON 3003. Behavioural Economics
  • ECON 4493. Economics of Income Distribution
  • ECON 3360. Managerial Economics
  • ECON 0461. Economic Perspective of Gender
  • ECON 1101. Introduction to Economics – I
  • ECON 1102. Introduction to Economics – II
  • ECON 1120. Essentials of Economics
  • ECON 5501. Microeconomics (M.A. level)
  • ECON 5503. Macroeconomics (M.A. level)
  • ECON 5555. Research Methods in Economics (M.A. level)

Izmir Demokrasi University (03.2021 – 07.2021)

  • IKT 312 Economic Integration Theory

University of California at Santa Cruz, Department of Economics, Santa Cruz, USA (03.2015-06.2015)

  • ECON 183. Women in the Economy

Past courses taught include Introduction to Economics, Operations Research, Production Planning and Controlling, Project Management, (Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus; as graduate instructor with full responsibility)

  • Coordinator, Jean Monnet Academic Module, EU (July 2018 – Present)
  • Participant, H2020-SwafS-2019-1, The CALIPER project: Linking research and innovation for gender equality, (July, 2019 – Present)
  • Ince Yenilmez, M. (2020). New Sporting Femininities: Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times, LSE Book Review Series, Published online: 19 June 2020. politics-in-postfeminist-times-edited-by-kim-toffoletti-holly-thorpe-and-jessica-francombe-webb/
  • Ince Yenilmez, M. (2019). A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy, Journal of Global Analysis. 10(1): 67-68.

  • Ince Yenilmez, M. (2019). Sex and Secularism, Journal of Global Analysis, 8(2): 166-168.

  • Ince Yenilmez, M. (2018). Gender (In)equality and Gender Politics in Southeastern Europe, Journal of

    International Women’s Studies, 19(6): 385-386.

  • Ince Yenilmez, M. (2018). Romaphobia: The Last Acceptable Form of Racism, Journal of Race,

    Ethnicity, and Politics, Published online: 12 April 2018

  • Ince Yenilmez, M. (2016). Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement, Journal of Global. Analysis, 6(2): 225-226, July 2016, ISSN 2041-1944.

  • Ince Yenilmez, M. (2016). Sexism, and Scandal: The Long Suppressed Story of One Woman’s Discoveries and the Man who Stole Credit for them, Association for Feminist Anthropology, 5 May 2016, available online at: long-suppressed-story-of-one-womans-discoveries-and-the-man-who-stole-credit-for-them/

  • Ince Yenilmez, M. (2015). The Endurance of Family Businesses: A Global Overview, Journal of Women & Aging, V: 27 (2).