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#SPA80for80: Professor Erdal Tekin

Erdal Tekin

Dr. Erdal Tekin is an economist with an interest in studying questions of immediate policy relevance on health and risk behaviors. He joined the School of Public Affairs in August 2014 to be in the epicenter of policy decision-making. 

He has conducted extensive research on a wide ranging questions including the impact of home foreclosures on health, the long-term consequences of child neglect and maltreatment, economic determinants and consequences of child and adult obesity, and the effect of gun laws and access on crime and victimization, and the impact of child care subsidies on labor market decisions of parents and the well-being of children.  His current focus is mainly on studying the consequences of prenatal and early life conditions on short and long-term outcomes of individuals in a multitude of domains including health, human capital, labor market, and crime.  

Dr. Tekin’s research has appeared in many of the top journals in the field, including American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Review of Economics & Statistics, Journal of Health Economics,Journal of Human Resources, Criminology,and Social Science & Medicine. His research has been funded by organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Family Foundation, and the Danish Council for Independent Research, among others.  His work has been cited over 1,400 times in the research literature and profiled by a variety of media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes magazine.

He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). In addition, he is an editor of the Journal of Population Economics and an associate editor of IZA World of Labor, and IZA Journal of Labor Policy. He also serves as a co-organizer of the annual international workshop on the Economic Analysis of Risky Behaviors. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prior to joining AU, Tekin served as  a professor of economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, specializing in health economics, demographic economics and applied microeconomics.

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