Research faculty

Özge Öner



Some of the issues Özge Öner addresses in her research:

  • Neighborhood-level analysis of ethnic enclaves and segregation 
  • Migration and mobility of immigrants and natives within and across local labor markets
  • Distance sensitivity of demand and market accessibility for various types of retail and service activities
  • Spatial composition of retail and service markets
  • Within city co-location of economic activity
  • Urban amenities, place attractiveness, and income sorting within cities
  • Population and service decline in rural areas


Özge Öners research deals with several issues in relation to spatial determinants of consumption, particularly focusing on the location dynamics of retail markets, labor market outcomes of residential segregation and ethnic-enclaves, as well as migration and mobility of immigrants and natives across local labor markets. Özge has also worked with applied models of human capital, social capital, and the geography of the hospitality sector.


New research

Ethnic Enclaves and Self-Employment among Middle Eastern Immigrants in Sweden – Ethnic Capital or Enclave Size? Martin Andersson, Johan P Larsson and Özge Öner

Articles in refereed academic journals

Klaesson, J., Lopez, E. & Öner, Ö. (2018). Who works longer - and why?: Regional and individual characteristics in the timing of retirement. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 109(3), 350-370.

Backman, M., Klaesson, J., & Öner, Ö. (2017). Innovation in the hospitality industry: Firm or location?. Tourism Economics, 1354816617715159.

Öner, Ö., & Klaesson, J. (2017). Location of leisure: the New Economic Geography of leisure services. Leisure Studies, 36(2), 203-219.

Öner, Ö. (2017). Retail city: the relationship between place attractiveness and accessibility to shops. Spatial Economic Analysis, 12(1), 72-91.

Öner, Ö. (2016). Retail productivity: The effects of market size and regional hierarchy. Papers in Regional Science.

Larsson, J. P., & Öner, Ö. (2014). Location and co-location in retail: a probabilistic approach using geo-coded data for metropolitan retail markets. The Annals of Regional Science, 52(2), 385-408.

Öner, Ö., & P. Larsson, J. (2014). Which retail services are co-located?. International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 42(4), 281-297.

Klaesson, J & Öner, Ö. (2014). Market Reach for Retail Services. The Review of Regional Studies, 44(2), 153-176.

Holgersson, H. E. T., Nordström, L., & Öner, Ö. (2014). Dummy variables vs. category-wise models. Journal of Applied Statistics, 41(2), 233-241.

Baycan, T., & Öner, Ö. (2013). Accessibility to Knowledge and New Firm Formation in Sweden. Studies in Regional Science, 43(1), 89-104.

Mellander, C., Pettersson, L., & Öner, Ö. (2011). Culture city. Journal of Town and City Management, 2(3), 246-262.


PhD Thesis

Öner, Ö. (2014). Retail Location. JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470,  097.



Wennström, J. & Öner, Ö. (2015). Den geografiska spridningen av kommunplacerade flyktingar i Sverige. Ekonomisk Debatt, Invandringens utmaningar och möjligheter – årets temanummer, 4/2015.

Öner, Ö. (2015). Retail City: The Relationship between Place Attractiveness and Accessibility to Shops. IFN Working Paper Series, Working paper No.1055

Öner. Ö. &  Klaesson, J. (2014). The Economic Geography of Leisure and Hospitality Destinations. Besöksnäringens forskning och utveclingsfonden, Working paper No. 1

Öner, Ö. (2014). Retail Productivity: Investigating the Influence of Market Size and Regional Hierarchy. IFN Working Paper Series. Working paper No.1047

Adler, P & Öner, Ö. (2013). Occupational Class and the Marriage Premium: Exploring Treatment Mechanisms. UCLA: The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. (

Viroj Jienwatcharamongkhol and Özge Öner (2012), Optimum City Size and the Networks of Individuals, European Regional Science Association. 

Klaesson, J., Mellander, C. & Öner, Ö. (2012). In Search of Services in the market place – A Probability of presence approach for retail services in the market place, Innovative Marketing, Volume 8, Issue 3. P-47-60.

Öner, Ö. (2010). Experience in Shopping Centers: An Accessibility Analysis of Swedish Shopping Centers. Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Master Thesis in Economics.



The former Swedish Government launched Etableringsreformen, stipulating that refugees be placed in municipalities where there are job opportunities. Özge Öner and Johan Wennström, IFN, have analyzed where new arrivals are placed and find that it is in municipalities with a declining population and high unemployment – in other words where the conditions for job growth is weak. These findings and more are discussed in this podcast (24 juni 2015). 

In addition, read about the research in Ekonomisk Debatt 4/2015 (in Swedish)

Özge Öner


Ph : +46 8 665 4519


Özge received her PhD in Economics in 2014 at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS). Starting in 2018 she is lecturer in real estate and spatial economics at University of Cambridge.

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