Aysit Tansel - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Aysit Tansel

Research Fellows

Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Current Fields of Study:

Empirical modeling of economic growth, inequality in education and wages by gender, returns to education and educational attainments by gender, savings, cigarette consumption, alcohol consumption, traffic accidents, privatization, female labor force participation, job satisfaction, unemployment duration, private tutoring, brain drain, internal migration, economic performance and elections, adult health issues, causal effects of education on wages and health.

Areas of Interest:

  • Labor and Human Development
  • Economic Growth


  • Ph. D., Economics, State University of New York, 1979
  • M.A., Economics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1972


  • Professor, Middle East Technical University, Applied Econometrics, Econometrics, Economics. Graduate and Undergraduate, 1994 – present
  • Associate Professor, Middle East Technical University, Applied Econometrics, Econometrics, Economics. Graduate and Undergraduate, 1986-1994
  • Assistant Professor, Middle East Technical University Applied Econometrics, Econometrics, Economics. Graduate and Undergraduate, 1983-1985

Latest Publications:

  • “Voter Reaction to Government Incompetence and Corruption Related to the 1999 Earthquakes in Turkey,” (joint with A. T. Akarca) Journal of Economic Studies, 2016, Forthcoming.
  • “Unemployment and Labor Force Participation in Turkey,” (joint with Z. A. Özdemir and E. Aksoy) Applied Econmics Letters, August 2015, 23 (3): 184-187. DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2015.1064071. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2015.1064071
  • “Resources on the Stage: A Firm Level Analysis of ICT Adoption in Turkey,” (joint with D. Fındık) in Comparative Economics and Regional Development in Turkey, B. Christiansen and M. Erdoğdu (editors). Chapter 6. August 2015. IGI Global Publishers, Hershey, Pennsylvania.


Working Papers

Returns to Investment in Education: The Case of Turkey

This paper estimates private and social returns to investment in education in Turkey, using the ... read more

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English Skills, Labour Market Status and Earnings of Turkish Women

In this paper, we investigate the effect of the level of English skills on the ... read more

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Public Versus Private Sector Wage Gap in Egypt: Evidence from Quantile Regression on Panel Data

This paper considers the public and private sector wage earners in Egypt and examines their ... read more

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Do Emigrants Self-Select Along Cultural Traits? Evidence From the MENA Countries

This paper empirically investigates whether emigrants from MENA countries self-select on cultural traits such as ... read more

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Analyzing Wage Differentials by Fields of Study: Evidence From Turkey

This paper analyzes the drivers of wage differences among college graduates who hold a degree ... read more


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