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Erdal Tekin Professor Department of Public Administration and Policy

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Ph.D., Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001; M.A., Economics, University of Colorado at Denver, 1996; B.S. Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 1994

Professor Tekin is an economist with primary research interests in the fields of health economics and demographic economics. Within these fields, the main theme of his research is the economic analysis of risky behaviors and the consequences of prenatal and postnatal conditions and risk factors on the short and long-term outcomes of individuals on a multitude of domains including health, human capital, labor market, and crime. Aside from this main theme, he has also written and published numerous articles studying the impact of child care subsidy and other major welfare programs on parental and child outcomes. 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. He published in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Health Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and Journal of Law and Economics. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). In addition, he also serves as an editor for the Journal of Population Economics and an associate editor for the IZA Journal of Labor Policy. Before joining the American University, he was a professor of economics at Georgia State University.

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Fall 2020

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Seth Gershenson and Erdal Tekin

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Study: Effects of Community Traumatic Events Can Reduce Student Performance

Traumatic community events can reduce student achievement, according to a new study conducted by SPA faculty members Erdal Tekin and Seth Gershenson.
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Use of Natural Gas Linked to Improved Air Quality, Infant Health in Turkey

Improved air quality in Turkey results in healthier infants, according to a recent study published in "The Economic Journal" by SPA Professor Erdal Tekin.
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The Unintended Consequences of the U.S. Child Care Subsidy System

A study by SPA Professor Erdal Tekin examined how the use of child care subsidies influence a child’s ability to succeed in school, both emotionally & cognitively.
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Why are Men Disappearing from the American Workforce?

Sandra Black, professor of economics at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the Obama Administration Council of Economic Advisers, spoke at an event hosted by SPA about this trend and the possible explanations behind it.
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SPA's IZA Research Fellows

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SPA's IZA Research Fellows

Three School of Public Affairs faculty members have been named Research Fellows by the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.
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Turkey’s National Healthcare Program Significantly Reduces Infant Mortality

A new study coauthored by SPA Professor Erdal Tekin, links a nationwide medical program in Turkey to a 25.5 percent reduction in infant mortality.
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